Congress keeps up suspense over its PM candidate
New Delhi: Congress has kept up the suspense over its Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.
Party spokesperson PC Chacko on Wednesday hailed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as "eminently suited for the post" but remained vague whether Singh or Rahul Gandhi will be projected as Congress' prime ministerial candidate in the next general elections.
"He (Manmohan Singh) is eminently suited for the post. Your question is right, but the decision will be taken after 2014," Chacko said when asked whether Singh will be fielded by the Congress for the third time as its Prime Ministerial candidate.
To a question whether Rahul Gandhi will be the party's Prime Ministerial candidate, he said "we have the same answer. We will cross the bridge when it comes."
Party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi had yesterday rubbished its General Secretary Digvijay Singh's remarks that the model of two power centres has not worked well and said this is an "ideal model" even for the future, fuelling speculation that Congress could be considering a third term for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Chacko disagreed with contentions that Manmohan Singh was declared the party's Prime Ministerial candidate for 2009 much before the general elections, saying it was done on the eve of the elections and not 14 months before the polls.
"Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are working closely and there are absolutely no differences. Elections will take place in 2014. We will collectively take a decision," he said.