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Digvijay firm on ‘ two power centres’ comment

Digvijay firm on ‘ two power centres’ comment
Digvijay Singh, who is known for making remarks not always in sync with the official line, however, said that since the views of the party were ‘supreme’ for him, he would abide by that.

‘Whatever I have said is on record and, therefore, I stand by it. But the views of the Congress spokesperson and Congress party are supreme for me. So I would abide by that,’ he told reporters here on Wednesday a day after the party's media department in-charge and general secretary Janardan Dviwedi rubbished his earlier remarks on two power centres.

‘The relationship which has existed between Sonia Gandhi as the party president and Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister is something, which is not usually seen everywhere and is unique. I think, for any democracy, this is an ideal model even for the future,’ Dwivedi had said.

Digvijay Singh had recently dubbed the experiment of two power centres in UPA as a failure and suggested that Rahul should not opt to nominate a Prime Minister if the party gets a majority in the next Lok Sabha polls.

‘Personally, I feel this model hasn’t worked very well. Because, I personally feel there should not be two power centres and I think whoever is the PM must have the authority to function,’ Singh had said.

On the issue of Rahul Gandhi's prime ministerial candidature, Dwivedi had indicated that the party has kept its options open, saying, ‘Rahul Gandhi has been made Congress vice-president. Since he has been given the responsibility of the organisation, hence strengthening the party and the organisation is his priority.

‘What happens thereafter is decided by the party. Today Manmohan Singh is the Prime Minister and this arrangement is working well,’ he had said.

Countering Digvijay Singh’s comments, Dwivedi had hailed the relationship between the Prime Minister and the Congress president.

He had said unlike other political parties where the party chief and the government head share uneasy relations, in UPA the two have shared a good equation for a long time.

‘...The kind of relationship that existed (between the Congress president and the Prime Minister) for a long time, the unity of opinion that has remained... does not find a parallel in any democracy in the world,’ Dwivedi had said.


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  • Digvijay Singh had recently dubbed the experiment of two power centres in UPA as a failure and suggested that Rahul should not opt to nominate a Prime Minister if the party gets a majority in the next Lok Sabha polls

  • Personally, I feel this model hasn’t worked very well. Because, I personally feel there should not be two power centres and I think whoever is the PM must have the authority to function, Digvijay Singh had said
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