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Alliance partners to decide next PM candidate: Chidambaram

October 22, 2018 10:07 PM
Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram

New Delhi: He insists that the party’s focus is on dislodging the BJP government and bringing in a “progressive” alternative.The Congress has never said “officially” that its president Rahul Gandhi should be the prime minister if an Oppositon alliance formed the next government, senior party leader P. Chidambaram has said.

“That is our intention. The Congress party never said the prime minister should be from the party. Rahul Gandhi never said so. An alliance should take shape, that alliance should win, and the alliance parties will decide who will be the prime minister,” he said.

Mr. Chidambaram insisted that the Congress’s focus was on dislodging the BJP government and bringing in a “progressive” alternative.

“The Congress party has not officially said Rahul Gandhi should be installed as prime minister. When one or two persons spoke about it, the AICC leadership asked them not to discuss the issue,” he told a Tamil TV channel.

“We don’t have an issue over prime ministership. We want a government that doesn’t snatch human freedom, one that doesn’t intimidate citizens, one that doesn’t impose tax terrorism on traders and entrepreneurs,” he said.

Safety of women and children should be a key characteristic of such a government that would strive to ensure that farmers did not lose their livelihood.

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