New Delhi: "He is our leader and we look forward to him leading us into battle in 2014," Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said today when asked about Rahul Gandhi's role in the next year's Lok Sabha elections.
He also said the party would not not be averse to new political tie-ups in some states in the next general elections.
To a query whether Congress would project Rahul Gandhi as the leader in the next polls amidst the possibility of Narendra Modi being talked about as BJP's prime ministerial candidate, Tewari told PTI there is an institutionalised arrangement, the diarchy between the Congress President and the Prime Minister in place at this point of time that has "worked very successfully for the last nine years".
In addition, he said, there have been demands and they have been there for a while that Rahul Gandhi should be taking a far more proactive role both in the affairs of the party as well as in the affairs of the nation-state per se.
"He is our leader and we look forward to him leading us into the battle in 2014," he said.
On the question of alliances, Tewari said, "Yes we will attempt to keep our friends and allies together. I don't see a difficulty with that and wherever there is a need and ground level feedback from Congress units that some kind of alliance options needs to be explored, I don't think we will be averse to that." (More)