Rahul is Cong candidate for Prime Ministership: Fernandes

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New Delhi, Jan 16: Ahead of the crucial AICC session on Friday, Union Minister Oscar Fernandes today said Rahul Gandhi is Congress candidate for Prime Ministership even as suspense remains on whether the party will formally annoint him as PM nominee for the Lok Sabha polls.

"Whether he (Rahul) accepts or not, he is our Prime Ministerial candidate. He will certainly accept (the responsibility), this is my opinion," the Road Transport Minister told reporters here.

"Wait till tomorrow," Fernandes said when asked whether the announcement of Rahul Gandhi's candidature for the top post will be made tomorrow. He also said that there is no difference of opinion among senior party leaders on it. "No, no differences... we all are very happy."

Scindia also hoped that such an announcement could be made at the meeting.

To a specific question as to how his name can be formally announced as the party's PM candidate amid different opinions in Congress on it, Fernades, who has held key positions in party organidsation for long, insisted, "It has to be done."

The remarks of the senior party leader are significant as they come on a day when Congress Working Committee is meeting to take a final view on the issue ahead of the AICC meeting tomorrow.

In last few days, there have been contradictory signals from the party with some leaders indicating that he should be named the PM candidate before the polls while few others advocating a word of caution on it.

Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia also hoped that such an announcement could be made at the AICC meeting.

PTI

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