Amidst controversy over Rahul Gandhi's citizenship, his name, his education details and details of his properties in UK, a Congress leader Santosh Lad in Karnataka has said that Rahul Gandhi has not been declared a Prime Ministerial candidate.
Speaking at a party gathering, the Congress leader said:
"Everytime don't tell that Rahul Gandhi is our Prime Ministerial candidate. In the Congress party Rahul Gandhi is our leader. No one has announced that he is the Prime Ministerial candidate yet. Our party leaders will take a call on it later. If we want to make Manmohan Singh or AK Antony or say Siddaramaiah or Mallaikarjun Kharge we will make them as the Prime Minister. He entered politics at a young age. His father and grandmother were assassinated. How can you compare someone who has studied MA with an MBBS graduate? He has come from that family."
Further, making a scathing remark on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said:
"If you see PM Modi has 15 years experience as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. He knows how to converse with the media. He has adequate experience in conning people."
It was in Karnataka, ahead of the 2018 Assembly elections in the state, that Rahul Gandhi had first declared himself a Prime Ministerial candidate. Speaking at a closed-doors event weeks ahead of the polls, the Congress president had said that if his party emerged the largest in the 2019 elections, then he would be ready to take up the Prime Minister's office.
On Saturday, a massive controversy hit the Congress party when the returning officer of Amethi which is Rahul Gandhi's constituency gave time to his representative to answer the questions raised by Dhruv Lal, an independent candidate from Amethi, based on the objections over his nomination papers. Alleging discrepancy in his election affidavits, Lal had raised objections under Section 36 of Representation of the People Act, 1951 on "Falsity about the Educational Qualifications", "False Declaration as to Identity", "False declaration as to Nationality", "Concealment of Information regarding Ownership of Property situated in the United Kingdom" and "Concealment of Information regarding Profits earned".