Sonia Gandhi is our leader: Pachouri

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{image-soniagandhi150 100_17022008.jpg}Bhopal, Feb 17: Newly-appointed Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee President Suresh Pachouri today refused to disclose the party strategy regarding declaration of chief ministerial candidate in view of the assembly elections scheduled later this year in the state.

''Congress President Sonia Gandhi would be our leader during the assembly elections. The party would contest the assembly polls under her and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi's leadership,'' Mr Pachouri told reporters here today. Regarding the BJP and its alliance partners declaring senior BJP leader L K Advani as their prime ministerial candidate, he said the Congress had no need to imitate other parties.

He pointed out that the Congress and its alliance partners had accepted Ms Gandhi as their leader after Lok Sabha polls in 2004. However, Dr Manmohan Singh became Prime Minister due to her sacrifice. Expressing gratitude towards the party and especially Nehru family, he said he was in this position due to the blessings of the Gandhi-Nehru family.

On whether the party would declare chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming assembly polls, he said the party high command would take a decision in this regard.


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