Rahul Gandhi not to be anointed Congress PM candidate as Sonia spikes 'overwhelming' move

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 17 2014, 02:55am hrs
Rahul GandhiSonia Gandhi, PM Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi arrive for the meeting of the CWC in New Delhi on Thursday. PTI
Rahul Gandhi will not be Congress PM nominee in the April-May Lok Sabha polls but will lead the election campaign, the party announced today putting at rest all speculation about his role.

The decision was taken at the two-hour meeting of the extended Congress Working Committee brushing aside an overwhelming demand for anointing Rahul Gandhi the PM nominee ahead of the 2014 general elections.

Addressing those who voiced the clamour for declaration of Rahul Gandhi as Congress PM candidate, Sonia Gandhi said there is no tradition in the party to declare a PM candidate before polls.

The demand for Rahul Gandhi to be made PM candidate was raised by Kerala PCC chief Ramesh Chennithala and got instant support from a host of leaders including B K Hari Prasad, Gurudas Kamat, Ghulam Nabi Azad and youth Congress chief Rajiv Satav.