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Apr 03, 2013 at 01:37pm IST

Cong split over PM in 2014? Digvijaya backs Rahul, party for Manmohan

New Delhi: There seems to be a leadership divide in the Congress. Party general secretary Digvijaya Singh continues to back Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi even as the Congress backs Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for a possible third term for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Digvijaya Singh, who is against the dual power structure, on Wednesday said he sticks to his stand, but added that he will also toe the party line. "I said what I had to say. But at the same time, I am a disciplined soldier of the Congress party and I shall obey the directives of the High Command. But I haven't ever taken back my words," Digvijaya said.

This comes even as the Congress leader janardhan Dwivedi maintained that the Sonia Gandhi-Manmohan Singh dual power structure has worked well suggesting that many in the party are backing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for a possible third term. Dwivedi said, "The relationship between Sonia Gandhi and the PM is a model for the future. The party will decide at a later time who will lead the 2014 election campaign. Manmohan Singh is the leader now and every one accepts him."

He further said that the Congress will announce who will lead the 2014 poll campaign later, but for now it is Manmohan Singh who is leading the government. CNN-IBN has learned that many in the party hope to make 2014 a Manmohan versus Modi battle instead of a Modi vs Rahul battle. Sources say that Congress President Sonia Gandhi is also not averse to a third term for Manmohan Singh.

Digvijaya Singh had recently said that the twin power structure did not work well and that Rahul Gandhi should not choose a prime minister in case the party formed a government after 2014 general elections. "I feel this model hasn't worked very well. There should not be two power centres. I think whoever is the prime minister must have the authority to function," Digvijaya Singh had said.

There has been speculation that Rahul Gandhi may choose a similar model if the Congress is able to form the next government at the centre in 2014, especially in the light of his utterances that the party, and not power, is his priority.

(With additional information from IANS)