Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: Days after Union Minister Shashi Tharoor backed Rahul Gandhi for the country`s top post, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Thursday expressed his desire to see the Congress vice president becoming the Prime Minister of the India in future.
Talking to reporters on the ongoing agitation by various political factions in Andhra Pradesh over the Telangana issue, Shinde said, "It is my desire that Rahul Gandhi becomes PM."
The Home Minister said this when asked who will be the Congress party`s choice for the top job after 2014 General Elections.
Shifting his focus back to Andhra Pradesh, the Home Minister ruled out any possibility of Centre going back on the Telangana decision.
Shinde`s support for Rahul Gandhi comes days after Tharoor said that he was optimistic about seeing the Congress vice president becoming the prime minister one day.
“I certainly hope that one day he (Rahul) will,” Tharoor told reporters while replying to a question on whether Gandhi would become Prime Minister as he appeared to be taking all major decisions for the party.
Rahul has shown ‘acute sensitivity politically’ by opposing the ordinance on convicted lawmakers. “He (Rahul Gandhi) is our (Congress) vice president and he is number two in the party besides being a very important leader,” the former UN assistant secretary general said.
Asked whether he supported the manner in which Rahul opposed the ordinance, Tharoor said “I am not competent to talk about this. However, Rahul has used his position to oppose the ordinance as vice-president of the party. I supported him from the very beginning.”