Manmohan PM candidate of the Congress: Sonia

Last Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2008 16:52 hrs

New Delhi: In her first clear statement on the issue, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said on Friday that Manmohan Singh would be the party's prime ministerial candidate at the general elections that are due in May 2009.

"Why not, certainly," Sonia replied when asked at the Congress headquarters here whether Singh would unfurl the national flag at the Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort next year.

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"Hopefully," a smiling Manmohan Singh replied when asked the same question.

Sonia and Singh were at the Congress headquarters to unfurl the national flag after Friday morning's ceremony at the Red Fort that was Manmohan Singh's last Independence Day speech during his current tenure.