Dwivedi stands by his comment, says PM-Sonia relationship is 'incomparable'

Last Updated: Tue, Apr 02, 2013 14:50 hrs

Reiterating his earlier view that Dr. Manmohan Singh may continue if the party retains power after the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Congress General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi on Tuesday said the incomparable relationship between party chief Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister for the past nine years serves as an example for the future.

"When I say this, I say it as a well-wisher of the nation. In our system, when many parties compete elections and form governments with the confidence of the majority, the party decides who should be the Prime Minister, but after sometime it is seen in a visible or a non-visible manner that there is a problem between the people and the government," Dwivedi told mediapersons here.

"Here, for such a long span of time, the relation between Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh serves as an example for all the constituencies in the world," he added.

Dwivedi also rubbished speculations on whether Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi would be the party's prime ministerial candidate in 2014, saying the latter is now focusing on strengthening the party.

"There is no debate about the prime ministerial candidate at this point of time. As of now, it is Rahul's duty to strengthen the party and that is exactly what he is doing. When the time arrives, we will talk about it and come to a unanimous decision," said Dwivedi.

"Now, Manmohan Singh is the Prime Minister and he is doing well and the people are showing confidence in him," he added.

Dwivedi had earlier indicated that Manmohan Singh might be projected as the Congress Party's prime ministerial candidate in 2014, ruling out party's vice president Rahul Gandhi out of the race.

"The relationship between the prime minister and Sonia Gandhi is unique and their camaraderie cannot be replaced easily. We have not seen this sort of duality in any other time and in all probability it is the ideal model for the future also," he said.

Moreover, Rahul Gandhi, who was elevated to the post of Congress Vice-President, has also ruled himself out of the race for prime minister's post. Gandhi had earlier last month said that he was not interested in becoming the prime minister and wants to focus on his party instead.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), however, used Dwivedi's comment to taunt the Congress Party, saying it would be better if the Manmohan Singh-led UPA II Government spends sometime in laying emphasis on issues concerning the Indian economy and the common man of this country.

"This is an issue, which completely depends on the Congress' internal affairs, but instead of spending time on whose relation is what with whom. I would like Congress to spend time and see what is happening to the economy, the 'aam-aadmi' (common man) is desperate for relief from the price hike and other issues, which are bothering the common man," said BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman.

"The food is rotting in the go downs, the citizens would like to hear more about that rather than what relationship prevails between one member and another," she added. (ANI)

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