Srinagar: Choosing foreign soil to make the announcement, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has declared he is “absolutely ready” to be the party’s prime ministerial candidate for the 2019 general elections. However, he made it clear that the decision has to be finally approved by the party.
Often under attack from the BJP, especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, over dynasty politics, Rahul said it “is a problem in all political parties in India” but that is how “most of the country runs like”.
“I am absolutely ready to do that,” Rahul, who is widely tipped to succeed his mother Sonia as party president, said when he was asked during his talk on Monday night at a university here if he was ready to be the Congerss’s PM candidate for the next Lok Sabha elections. This is the first time that the Gandhi scion has publicly affirmed his readiness to be the Congress choice for the top post.
Rahul, who is on a two-week US visit to interact with political leaders, global thinkers and overseas Indians, was speaking to students at the university where his great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru had delivered a speech in 1949.
“For me to say that the decision (to be PM candidate) is mine would not be fair. That is the decision the Congress party has to make,” said the 47-year-old. (Agencies)