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Rahul won’t be Cong PM candidate, will lead party in poll

In the story headlined ‘Shinde says Pawar should be PM , clamour for Rahul lessens now,’ published on 12 January, Millennium Post had said with adverse political results in the recent state assembly elections, the party high command is slowly rethinking its decision to anoint Gandhi. On Thursday, putting rest to speculations of the Congress vice-president’s name being announced as the prime-ministerial candidate for the party, his mother and party president Sonia Gandhi decided he would lead the party’s campaign for the general election instead.

The party has decided not to name anybody as its prime ministerial candidate. Sonia Gandhi’s decision was made public after it was taken at Thursday evening’s meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) attended by veteran party leaders. Though many voices in this group of senior leaders urged that Rahul should formally run for prime minister, it was Sonia who took a final call and said he will serve as the campaign chief. The decision was then endorsed by the group.

The resolution adopted at the CWC meeting will be shared and ratified at the AICC meeting which is being held on Friday morning and will be attended by party delegates from all state units. ‘We had one major resolution that has to be passed tomorrow and all the issues in it were discussed. The Congress president and vice-president placed their views on the resolution,’ general secretary Janardan Dwivedi told reporters, refusing to disclose all its contents.

‘Many of the members in the CWC wanted that he (Rahul) should be made the prime ministerial candidate but after some debate Congress president Sonia Gandhi intervened,’ he said. ‘I am a foot soldier of the Congress. I will obey whatever order is given to me. I will do whatever Congress wants me to do. Decisions are taken in our party by senior leaders,’ Rahul had said recently in an interview.
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