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Rahul has qualities needed to be PM,says Priyanka

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said her brother Rahul Gandhi would one day become the Prime Minister of the country.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Amethi |
April 12, 2009 2:41:34 am

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday said her brother Rahul Gandhi would one day become the Prime Minister of the country as he had all the qualities needed for the top post. However,she was quick to add that Manmohan Singh will be the Prime Minister if the Congress is voted to power in the coming elections.

Asked if she herself planned to join politics,Priyanka did not say a direct ‘no’. “I have realised that in politics one should never say no,” she said,and then added: “But I do not see this happening.”

When asked whether she thought Rahul was qualified enough to become the Prime Minister,she told reporters: “I have full faith in my brother. He is hardworking. He means well. He is,according to me,qualified… So,one day he will. He will do a good job of it.”

And then she added: “But,as of now,Manmohan Singh is the PM and will be the PM when the Congress again comes to power after the Lok Sabha elections.”

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Priyanka was talking to reporters after addressing a public meeting in Ayodhyanagar area of Rahul’s constituency Amethi. She is camping in Amethi so that Rahul is free to campaign elsewhere in the country.

Her remarks came even as the BJP continued to attack Singh,with BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley saying in Chandigarh that the country was facing a difficult time on economic and internal security fronts because “India lacks a strong leadership”.

“At the time of polls,the Prime Minister is trying to project a new image. But that cannot change a weak Prime Minister into a strong leader. Track record of his past five years is proof that he has been weak and helpless,” Jaitley said,addressing party workers.

Asked to comment on the BJP’s criticism,Priyanka said: “Manmohan Singh is a very qualified Prime Minister. The country has seen his ability. He remains firm. I don’t think he is weak at all.”

During the day,Priyanka addressed several small,wayside public meetings in the constituency. She requested people to vote for Rahul to ensure that he could win by a greater margin than their mother Sonia Gandhi,who is contesting from nearby Rae Bareli.

Reacting to Priyanka’s statement on joining politics,Congress spokesman Abhishek Shinghvi said in Delhi that she was “already a part of the larger Congress family”. “People connect with her thought process and identify with her and the charisma is for everyone to see. Whether she will hold this post or that post,I think it is completely premature to say in the light of what she has just said,” Singhvi said.

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