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Apr 21, 2013 at 04:39pm IST

Sonia Gandhi is number one in Congress, has the last word on govt's key policies: Digvijaya Singh

New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh has said that Sonia Gandhi, being the president of the party, has the last word on many key policies of the UPA government. Singh said while there was no junior or senior within the party, Sonia being the face of the Congress, is at the top in party's hierarchy.

He, however, clarified that Sonia never interferes in the functioning of the government except on policy issues like the NREGA and the RTI as they are a part of the Congress-led UPA government's election manifesto. Singh was speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate.

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Here is the transcript of an excerpt from the interview:

Digvijaya Singh: There is no junior and senior in this. The fact remains that Mrs Sonia Gandhi is the president of the Congress party and she is the face of the Congress party. She had the mandate of the people which elected us, so therefore she is the leader. See, the ranking by itself in the Congress hierarchy is always Mrs Sonia Gandhi is ahead. There is no doubt about it. But the fact remains that Mrs Sonia Gandhi has not really interfered in the functioning of the Government of India except on policy issues like NREGA or Right to Information or Right to Education.

Karan Thapar: Those are where, as you said, she has interfered?

Digvijaya Singh: No, not interfered. They are the part of the election manifesto.

Karan Thapar: Those are areas where the last word is hers?

Digvijaya Singh: To a great extend yes. For example, Food Security Bill, now it is a commitment made by the Congress president and the Congress party to the people of this country.

Karan Thapar: And that's another area where she will ensure that delivery happens. Hers again will be the last word?

Digvijaya Singh: Naturally yes.

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