I want Rahul to become next PM: Jitan Manjhi
Patna: Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Wednesday said he was in favour of Congress president Rahul Gandhi becoming the next prime minister in the event of opposition "Mahagathbandhan" coming to power after the Lok Sabha polls.
Before leaving for New Delhi, where he is scheduled to take part in deliberations on seat-sharing among the constituents of Bihar Grand Alliance, the Hindustani Awam Morcha president dismissed reports that his party was likely to get only "one or two" seats in the state, which has 40 LS constituencies. "The NDA has made it clear that it would contest the polls with PM Narendra Modi as its face. The Mahagathbandhan or the UPA, call it by whatever name, made no such announcement since there is a general consensus that it should be decided after polls.
"This has not been without precedence. Elections are often fought without parties or alliances projecting a face.
But if you ask me about my personal opinion, I feel that Rahul Gandhi should take the top job," Manjhi told reporters here. His statement could be seen as a move to placate the Congress, after having ruffled many feathers in the party with his recent claim that his four-year-old outfit had a following greater than that of the national party.