After Rahul Gandhi’s announcement that he will be the opposition’s PM candidate, Congress party’s alliance partner Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has mocked the Congress President’s announcement. Senior NCP leader Majeed Memon said that let Rahul Gandhi dream but Sharad Pawar is the apt candidate for the PM’s post as he is the tallest leader in the opposition.
Rejecting Rahul Gandhi’s leadership, Majeed Memon said Rahul will not be the face of PM candidate.
“Obviously, If someone ask from anyone whether you will be the PM, he will say yes.. We have repeatedly saying that Congress doesn't have pre-conditions for the alliance or PM post. The situation is Congress is single largest party and there is largest prospect that they will have more numbers but they will not have pre-condition ahead of elections,” said Memon.
“Earlier, there was a consensus that we need to form non-BJP, non-congress alliance but it was endeavour of Sharad Pawar ji who told to take Rahul Gandhi on board , that's why we think alliance will not project Rahul Gandhi as PM Candidate. Let him (Rahul Gandhi) dream, all are dreaming, Mamata Banerjee is dreaming, Chandrababu Naidu is dreaming but I would say Sharad Pawar is apt candidate,” added Majeed Memon.
Earlier on February 22, NCP chief Sharad Pawar had revealed that he quit the Congress in 1999 because Sonia Gandhi wanted to be the Prime Minister after the government-led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee collapsed.
Pawar also added that according to him the right candidate for the post was either Manmohan Singh or he himself.
Earlier on Tuesday, Republic TV has accessed exclusive details from a closed-door Congress event where Rahul Gandhi has declared his Prime Ministerial ambitions. As per reports, the media was forcibly removed from the same event.
The Congress President when asked if he can be the PM for 2019, he said "Yes why not", he further said that it can happen if Congress emerges as the single largest party in 2019. He said this while speaking at the closed-door event in Bengaluru.
Following Rahul Gandhi's declaration that he will be the Prime Minister, PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a direct attack on the Congress party.