first and foremost whenever the question of prime ministership arises”. He said along with principles, political parties have to follow some rituals.
“These are formalities. How and when those formalities will be done and how a name will be announced, there is no scope for the party to say anything after the Congress president has made it clear that an appropriate decision will be taken at the right time and announced,” he said. A meeting of the Congress Working Committee — the highest decision-making body of the party — is scheduled on the eve of the AICC session to finalise the resolution for the meeting.
Dwivedi made it clear that Singh will continue as PM for the rest of the UPA II’s term, saying the party has always maintained that Singh will remain as PM till 2014 even when there was talk about his name being considered for the post of President in the past.
Significantly, Dwivedi rejected the contention that the party was wary of projecting Rahul Gandhi as the PM candidate since it was on the back foot, especially after the assembly elections rout, and a setback in the general election will lay the blame on him. “That is a narrow view... Defeats and victory are part of a democracy... A party like the Congress does not get too much elated or depressed after a victory or defeat,” he said.