New Delhi: Amid growing clamour within the party for Rahul Gandhi to assume a bigger role, the Congress on Friday suggested he may be playing a key role in the organisation as well as the government.
In support of this contention, Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi cited instances of ministers also holding party responsibilities.
"We have a number of party colleagues who are both a minister as well as a general secretary or incharge of states. The option is open. It can be either government or party or even both," Dwivedi said.
For a long time, many senior Congress leaders want Rahul Gandhi to play a larger role in the party and government.
Welcoming any move to give greater responsibility to Rahul, Dwivedi said, "Whatever decision is to be taken only three people know" and the party cannot say anything on this.
Breaking his silence on the issue of his assuming a bigger role, Rahul Gandhi had on Thursday indicated that he will play a proactive role and the timing for it will decided by party president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He said a decision has been taken on playing a bigger role and the timing depends on the leadership.
His comments came a day after Sonia Gandhi had said it was for Rahul to decide for himself on playing a larger role in the party. "No one can take a decision on his behalf. He has to take a decision," she had said in Parliament House.
These comments come against the backdrop of pleas made by many senior Congress leaders for Rahul to play a larger role in the party.