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Manmohan is Sonia’s ‘PM choice’
Published on 7 Feb. 2009 12:32 AM IST
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Amid speculation over its prime ministerial candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the Congress party Friday said Manmohan Singh was the prime minister and there was no vacancy for the post. “Manmohan Singh is our prime minister and there is no vacancy to the post of prime minister,” Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan told reporters here Breaking her silence and scotching all speculation, Congress president Sonia Gandhi has virtually made it clear that Manmohan Singh would continue to be the prime ministerial face of the party. “He has led the UPA government with great distinction. He has many more years of service both to the party and to our country,” she said in her ‘Letter to Congresspersons’ in the latest issue of the party mouthpiece ‘Congress Sandesh’. Gandhi said, “He (Singh) has always been known for his wisdom and sagacity, for his humility and simplicity, for his quiet but firm resolve and his sobriety and dignity”. Virtually endorsing Singh as the PM candidate in the Lok Sabha elections, she said, “We look forward to his continued leadership and his inspiration to the younger generation particularly”. Soon after reports of the 76-year old Prime Minister was admitted to the AIIMS late last month for a heart surgery, with elections round the corner there was speculation in media and political circles about who would be projected as the prime ministerial candidate of the party. The Congress continued to maintain that Singh was the Prime Minister and there was no vacancy for the post and Gandhi’s remarks has appeared to have sealed the debate. Asked about the ‘Sandesh’ remarks of Gandhi, party spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan said “Manmohan Singh is the Prime Minister of the country and there is no vacancy for the post today”.

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