Salman Khurshid: Rahul our consensus leader; Modi trying to be larger-than-life

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External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid it is up to Rahul Gandhi to decide on taking the leadership role in government. (PTI) External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid it is up to Rahul Gandhi to decide on taking the leadership role in government. (PTI)
SummaryKhurshid said it is up to Rahul Gandhi to decide on taking the leadership role in government.

Rubbishing reports of confusion in Congress on its Prime Ministerial candidate, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday said Rahul Gandhi is the party's "consensus leader" and it is up to him to decide on taking the leadership role in government.

"There is no confusion at all. I want to make it clear that people make their own observations as per their thinking," he said on being asked why there was confusion in Congress on projecting Rahul as the Prime Ministerial candidate.

"We in Congress have accepted Rahul Gandhi as our leader by consensus. Whenever it is his wish, we will wait for his decision, indication, suggestion or the direction.

"As long as his leadership is concerned, that has been made clear and there is no chance of any confusion. When we have accepted someone as leader by consensus then we should move forward as per his directions," he told reporters on board Prime minister's special aircraft while returning from Indonesia.

On Gandhi's recent comment that he foresees a younger government, the senior party leader said, "You should ask that to Rahul Gandhi. Whenever he says something he says that after very careful thinking. He also said many other things such as his teachers have been his mother and the Prime Minister. You should also talk about that.

"If you want more details and clarifications on this, you will meet him here only one day and then you can ask him directly.

"Party does not need to ask anything on this as it knows what it needs to do. It is the media which keeps asking these questions," he said.

To questions on Narendra Modi, he said the Gujarat Chief Minister is trying to "blow himself up to a larger than life size".

"We need not spend all our time on preparing a strategy to deal with Modi and I will rather let BJP do that," Khurshid emphasised.

According to him, as far as factual situation is concerned, there are enough number of people, not only in politics and Congress party, "who are making it clear what is the reality of people in Gujarat, whether it is about malnourishment figures, education etc".

On whether SP or BSP would be a better pre-poll ally in Uttar Pradesh, Khurshid said there are neither any formal discussions nor any decisions in this regard.

"A K Antony was asked to look into the issue of pre poll alliances and that will then be discussed further.

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