PM says Rahul is welcome to take up his job; doesn't rule out third term

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 05, 2013 09:18 hrs

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said he is not ruling out a third term for himself as the PM while heaping praise on Rahul Gandhi for his speech at the CII a day ago and once again expressing his desire to see the young Congress vice-president as the next Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister on the sidelines of a programme- International Workshop on Green National Accounting for India in New Delhi- said "dual power centre theory in UPA is a figment of imagination." He called it a creation of the media.

He said he is neither ruling himself in or out when asked if he would seek a third term as PM.

He said "Rahul Gandhi's speech at CII was excellent" and went on to say that he would welcome Rahul as PM any day.

The MP said the question of a third term was hypothetical.

Meanwhile the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) mocked at the possibility of a third term for the PM.

"They are day dreaming for a third term," said BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar.

The PM was hurled a volley of questions after a moving speech of Rahul Gandhi on Saturday at a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) session.

Rahul Gandhi on Thursday urged the industry to ensure that the poor in India are included in the country's development journey since the poor, the corporates and the middle class are three essential components who have to stitch together a coalition if the country is to move forward and India's inherent optimism has to be harboured.

Addressing the industry for the first time at the Confederation of India Industry (CII) plenary session, Rahul Gandhi also brought out the obsolescence of the Indian education system where there is no proper training to make them employable and called for sweeping changes.

He said when he is going to get married or when he will be PM or that he should not be PM are irrelevant questions since the big issue is of empowering the people of India with a voice.

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