I could be PM after 2019 Lok Sabha polls: Rahul

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 May 2018 08:31:11



IN A statement that is bound to ruffle the feathers in the Opposition, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said he would become the Prime Minister if the Congress emerges as the largest party in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. He also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not be the Prime Minister again.
“Well that depends... that depends on how well the Congress does. I mean... the Congress, if it’s the biggest party, yes,” he said in reply to a question at an interaction with eminent citizens here.

This is the second time Rahul Gandhi has expressed his readiness to be the Prime Minister if the Congress gets a majority in next year’s Lok Sabha polls.
In September last year, speaking to students in Berkley, he had said that he was “absolutely ready” to be the Prime Minister.

The statement assumes significance in the context of parties that want to keep equi-distance from both the BJP and Congress and are working for a Third Front or Federal Front, which would not want to work under Gandhi.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has already met leaders including Mamata Banerjee and M K Stalin in efforts to tie up a Federal Front of parties. Replying to a question whether Modi could become Prime Minister again, Gandhi said: “I am pretty convinced that Modi is not going to be the Prime Minister... I can see it on his face. He knows it.” Reacting to his remarks, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said: “As far as Rahul Gandhi’s desire to become the Prime Minister is concerned, that comes with a sense of amusement to us. “It has an entertainment value... He, earlier as the Vice President of the party, had been responsible for Congress election disaster and as President of Congress also.

Election after election, a string of elections, he has lost for the Congress,” he said.He said Rahul Gandhi would go down in history as the party leader who has faced the highest number of defeats. “The PM is right about Rahul, this election is a fight between ‘naamdars’ and ‘kaamdars,’” Patra said.

CM downplays Rahul’s PM ambition: MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday made light of Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s remarks that he is ready to occupy the prime minister’s post if his party emerges as the “biggest” party in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. “Nobody can become a PM just because the person says so, it is the people who decide who will be the prime minister,” Fadnavis told reporters while responding to a query on the comments made by Gandhi in Bengaluru. Fadnavis said the BJP’s aim is to keep the Congress and the NCP away from power. “We will take every possible faction with us to achieve this aim,” he said while responding to a query on a possible alliance with the Sena for upcoming elections.

By expressing his willingness to become the Prime Minister, Congress president Rahul Gandhi has indicated his party might break the alliance it was trying to form with other parties for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy said on Tuesday. “It depends on how well the Congress does in the election... If it emerges the biggest party, yes why not?” Gandhi told reporters on Tuesday after the launch of party programme in Bengaluru.