Manmohan messes up, says Rahul to be made 'presidential candidate'

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New Delhi, Jan 4: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made a major goof-up at a high-profile press conference on Friday when he said that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi would be nominated as the "presidential candidate" instead of prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

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Singh said this while announcing the withdrawal of his candidature for the top post for the third consecutive term. The blunder was mostly missed by the media, which focussed more on the prime minister's scathing attack on BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Singh's decision was expected for most political pundits after the Congress's pathetic show in four states that went to the polls recently. The party lost in Rajasthan, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and consequently, there was a strong voice from within to make Rahul Gandhi its face in the next Lok Sabha polls.

Manmohan Singh has been the prime minister since 2004 when party chief Sonia Gandhi refused to take up the job in response of her inncer call and asked the Sikh scholar to take the office instead.

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