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Still opposed to Sonia Gandhi becoming PM: Sushma Swaraj

Last Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 - 08:39

Zee Media Bureau/Deepak Nagpal

New Delhi: BJP leader Sushma Swaraj is still opposed to Congress president Sonia Gandhi becoming the prime minister of India.

In May 2004, when the UPA came to power in its first term, Sushma had taken a vow that she would shave off her hair if Sonia became the PM.

Sonia had then surprisingly chosen not to take the PM’s post and instead nominated Dr Manmohan Singh for PM.

"I have always maintained that Sonia Gandhi came to our country as daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi and wife of Rajiv Gandhi and thus she is entitled to our love and affection. As the president of the Congress party she is entitled to our respect. But if she wants to become the Prime Minister then I say no," Sushma, the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, said on Thursday at a book launch here.

The BJP leader was responding to Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh`s remarks as to why she had threatened to shave off her head when there was talk of Sonia Gandhi becoming the PM in 2004 after the defeat of NDA.

"If after 60 years of independence, if we coronate another foreigner for the top job then it would have meant that 100 crore people were incapable... It would be hurting the sensibility of people. This was my purpose of fighting the Bellary elections (1999) and it was a mission for me. In Bellary, I lost the battle, but won the war," she said.

First Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 21:46
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