Sonia Gandhi may replace Manmohan Singh as PM soon: Sources

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New Delhi, May 13: Congress-led UPA, which has been on the spree of rebuilding its tainted image ahead of Lok Sabha elections, may take a shocking but expected decision soon.

According to sources, a part of Congress leaders have been demanding to replace Manmohan Singh as prime minister ahead of the upcoming Monsoon Session of the Parliament.

However, UPA Chairperson and Congress President Sonia Gandhi's decision regarding Singh's replacement has not been clarified yet.

Meanwhile, the anti-Singh Congress group began their query for the eligible candidate for the PM post. According to sources, while many believe AK Antony and P Chidambaram would be two suitable candidates, others support Rahul Gandhi.

Demand for Singh's removal as PM has been doing the rounds following reported difference between Singh and Mrs Gandhi over Ashwani Kumar and Pawan Kumar Bansal's resignations as Law Minister and Railway Minister respectively.

It was reported that Mrs Gandhi had forced Singh to ask two of his close aides -- Kumar and Bansal to stepped down from their posts over coal scam and railway scam.

However, main opposition party -- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) asked Congress to clarify on its stand on Manmohan Singh. BJP leaders were quoted as saying, "It's giving two impressions and the clarifications can be only given by the Congress headquarters. PV Narasimha Rao, who brought economic changes in the country, his dead body was not allowed in the Congress headquarters."

"So this is what they do once the utility is over. So this is one impression. The second impression one is getting is that all the flak and all the wrongdoings should be shifted on one person and all the good work is credited to Mrs Gandhi. That's the other impression. The clarification about which one is true can only come from the Congress headquarters," added the leaders of the opposition party.

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