Rahul likely to be anointed PM candidate at Jan 17 AICC meet

Jan 04 2014, 00:04 IST
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Prime Minster Manmohan Singh with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi Prime Minster Manmohan Singh with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi
SummaryDwivedi made it clear that Singh will continue as PM for the rest of the UPA IIís term

after the Congress president has made it clear that an appropriate decision will be taken at the right time and announced,Ē he said. A meeting of the Congress Working Committee ó the highest decision-making body of the party ó 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 IIís 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. ďThat 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,Ē he said.

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