Sonia Has Never Interfered in Govt's Functioning: Digvijay
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Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh has said that the model of having "two power centres" has not worked well and suggested that Rahul Gandhi should not opt to nominate a Prime Minister if the party gets a majority in the next Lok Sabha polls.

The Congress General Secretary also said that party President Sonia Gandhi has really never interfered in the functioning of Manmohan Singh Government.

"Personally, I feel that this model hasn't worked very well. Because, I personally feel that there should not be two power centres and I think whoever is the Prime Minister must have the authority to function although Sonia Gandhi has really never interfered in the functioning of the government," Singh told News X TV Channel.

He was asked whether he thinks that party Vice President Rahul Gandhi will follow his mother's model in future when she opted out and chose Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister after 2004 Lok Sabha polls and persisted with him after 2009 elections.

Reacting to another question whether Manmohan Singh looked like he did not have authority, the Congress leader said, "He has the authority. ...If you see the nuclear deal and other areas also I think, he has been quite forthright."

"I feel that Sonia Gandhi is the last person to intervene ...Interfere in governance. Of course, she has led the party from a period when the party itself was helpless. We hardly had two chief ministers at that time to a situation where we have formed Government in Delhi in 2004 and 2009.

"Therefore, I think...I strongly feel that ...When time comes and if the Congress gets majority or it is in a position to form the government, I think Rahul Gandhi should take the call," Singh said.

"Even if a Congress-led coalition emerges, he (Rahul) is mature enough to handle the intricacies of coalition politics. Then of course, we have senior leaders who have very successfully helped the UPA to complete two terms.

Of course, Sonia Gandhi will always be there to help out," he added.

Asked what would be the Sonia Gandhi's role in a scenario when Rahul takes more and more active role, Singh said, " she would continue to be the AICC president".

When asked about JD (U) Chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s recent overtures to the Congress, the general secretary said that he would opt for RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav instead of Kumar as the former is a more "dependable ally."
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Mar 26, 2013
04:57 PM

 Manmohan Singh as one of the power centers?? That must be news to Manmohan Singh.

Rakhal, Philadelphia
Mar 26, 2013
08:25 AM

Do not worry. Rahul will not be troubled. He can continue doing whatever he does;   ( does anyone know what?) and even after elections he can continue in the same vein. Congress will be in third position and Rahul may not even win his own seat.

Ashutosh Kaul, Toronto
Mar 26, 2013
02:13 AM

What a dumbhead!!

How can Sonia interefere in the govt's functioning when the govt itself is not functioning?

The Irreverent Indian
Online, India
Mar 26, 2013
01:44 AM

When you are actually running a government there never is a question of interfering.  Person handling the strings of 'Kath Putlies' is never accused of interfering in the show itself.

P.B. Joshipura, Suffolk, Virginia
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