Party spokesman P C Chacko also dismissed suggestions that UPA was not united on the leadership issue, denying that Sharad Pawar had made any adverse comments on Rahul Gandhi. "I do not think anyone is strong enough. It is the dynamics of the party. Many other names will be coming in the future.... There are many aspirants. This tamasha we will enjoy in the next one year", Chacko said.
He was asked by reporters whether Narendra Modi, opposed by JD-U as the PM candidate or Sushma Swaraj projected by Shiv Sena for the top job was a strong rival for Congress in the next Lok Sabha poll. When told that NCP chief Sharad Pawar has given indications that he has reservations about the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, Chacko said "there is no such information. I have not heard such thing."
"NCP is very strongly supporting Congress. The ties are very cordial. It is supporting the stand of Congress", he said disputing suggestions that Pawar is pitching for his projection as the PM candidate. He said Pawar has never made any such statement. Asked who was the Prime Ministerial candidate of Congress, he said there was no vacancy at the top and the issue has to be decided after elections.
Replying to another question on BJP chief Rajnath Singh's demand that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh make the stand clear on the issue of seperate Telangana, he said "Rajanath Singh cannot demand who should speak on Telangana. Our party's position is very clear on it".