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'Two power centres' has not worked well, says Digvijaya Singh

Press Trust of India
Mar 27, 2013 at 09:14am IST

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Digvijaya 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.

'Two power centres' has not worked well, says Digvijaya

Singh said, "I feel that this model hasn't worked very well. Because, I personally feel that there should not be two power centres".

"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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