Sonia not in favour of naming PM nominee, Rahul Gandhi to lead 2014 election campaign

New Delhi, Jan.16,: Senior Congress leader Janardhan Dwivedi on Thursday said that there was a discussion on Rahul Gandhi as many felt he should be named the party’s prime ministerial candidate, however president Sonia Gandhi intervened in between, saying that ‘it is not the tradition of the Congress that just because some party has declared their candidate, doesn’t mean we should too’.

However there was consensus at the AICC meeting that the Congress campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be led by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.

“This meeting of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) declares that 2014 General Elections campaign will be led by Rahul Gandhi,” Dwivedi told media after the Congress Party meeting here today.

“Today’s meeting is an extended meeting of AICC working committee which was attended by the presidents of state committees, parliamentary party members and chiefs of our frontal organization. This meeting discussed the resolution to be passed in the AICC meet. All the proposals and drafts have been discussed. We prepared a detailed resolution which covers all the issues,” he added.

Dwivedi also quoted Rahul as saying, “I am loyal party worker. I will carry out whatever responsibility is given to me.” (ANI)