Becoming PM Not My Priority: Sonia

New Delhi, Feb 22: | Updated: Feb 23 2004, 05:30am hrs
Congress president Sonia Gandhi has said becoming a prime minister is not a priority before her and accused the BJP of raking up the issue of her foreign origin as the party-led government at the Centre has totally failed.

For me, that is not a priority. Let us see when the time comes, she said in an interview to NDTV when asked why the Congress is not coming forward on the issue of leadership of anti-BJP alliance.

To a query whether she feels that her being born in Italy is a liability, the Congress president said it may work adversely with some voters but I have never felt that I am a foreigner. I am an Indian absolutely.

Wherever I go, especially in rural areas, in the midst of women and less fortunate people, I never feel that I am a foreigner. They never look at me as a foreigner because I am an India, she said.

In fact, I feel like a foreigner when I go abroad, she quipped.

I dont resent when they (BJP) talk about my foreign origin. It makes me laugh. Why should I resent when I completely feel like an Indian.

Asked whether her transition from a foreigner to an Indian has been completed, the widow of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi said, transition was completed long ago. After being part of a family which took part in the Freedom struggle and laid down lives in the service of the nation, I have assimilated and imbibed a certain amount of these feelings.

On her children Rahul and Priyanka joining active politics, she said it is really silly to repeat the same answer. (Her pet answer on such questions is that it is for her children to decide.)

Asked whether as the Congress president she feels her children should be more involved in politics, she said, I dont think I can answer that I wont.

PTI