ibnlive » Politics » News

Apr 21, 2013 at 09:09am IST

Congress's dual power centre model created uncertainty: Digvijaya Singh

New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh has reiterated his opinion that the "dual power centre model" of the Congress with Sonia Gandhi as the party president and Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister has created a perception of uncertainty. He was speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate.

Below is the transcript of an excerpt from the interview:

Karan Thapar: The comment you made about the separation of powers between the Congress president and the Prime Minister, which has attracted great controversy. You said personally I feel this model hasn't worked very well.

Digvijaya Singh: The question was asked with reference to Rahul Gandhi, whether he would, provided we get a mandate from the people, like to be the Prime Minister or not. So, I had said I think he should become the Prime Minister if we have the mandate because I think it's always better to have one point at which the buck stops. Here of course Mrs Gandhi has never interfered with the functioning of the Government of India, whatever the people may say. But the fact remains that this impression that goes around doesn't really help.

Karan Thapar: So, the perception is we don't know where the buck stops and that creates uncertainty?

Digvijaya Singh: This is what I meant.