Naveen Jindal elated over 'dynamic' Rahul leading Congress campaign in 2014

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 08, 2012 11:22 hrs

Congress MP Naveen Jindal on Saturday said that he would be delighted if Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi leads the party's campaign in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

"I will be very happy. Rahul Gandhi is a very dynamic leader and I will be very happy if he leads the campaign," said Jindal.

Ahmed Patel, the political secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, earlier today refused to comment on the party's Prime Ministerial candidate, but added that Rahul Gandhi will lead from the front in the 2014 election campaign.

"It has been the Congress Party's policy to announce its leader only after the elections. Rahulji is our leader and will be so. The party will take a final call on who will be the Prime Minister. But it is true that Rahul Gandhi will lead from the front in the 2014 election campaign," he told mediapersons in Vadodara, when asked whether the Congress Party's choice for Prime Minister would be Finance Minister P. Chidambaram or Rahul Gandhi.

It may be recalled that The Economist, a leading international weekly, had come out with a report saying that Chidambaram is likely to be the Congress Party's prime ministerial candidate in the next general elections and not Rahul Gandhi.

"It's Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and not Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi who is likely to be the party's prime ministerial candidate in the next general elections in 2014," The Economist has said.

The Economist says since Chidambaram's fiercest rival President Pranab Mukherjee has been elevated to the top post, Chidambaram is most suited to the prime ministerial post.

The leading international weekly says Chidambaram's growth -oriented outlook can give the nation the much-needed push.

As per theEconomist, while Manmohan Singh will be well past 80 after 2014 polls and Rahul is still unprepared for the PM's post, Chidambaram has got the right credentials to lead the nation, having been seen as the architect of UPA's populist cash transfer scheme (CTS).

"Chidambaram, who has also got the backing of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, is adept at tackling economic challenges," the leading international weekly adds.

Patel further rubbished speculations that he was eyeing for the chief ministership of Gujarat.

"I have already said that I am not an aspirant for the post of Chief Minister. I have never done the power politics," he said.

Gujarat will go to the polls in two phases on December 13 and 17. The counting of votes will take place on December 20. (ANI)

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