Friday, April 5, 2013

Debate on two power centres useless: PM

NEW DELHI, April 5, 2013 PTI

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday dismissed the debate over two power centres as "useless" even as he did not rule out his accepting the third term.

"This is the creation of the media. It is a useless debate," he said in New Delhi when asked about the issue of two power centres coming into focus after senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh raked it up recently.

Mr. Digvijaya had said the two power centres — one the Congress President Sonia Gandhi and another the Prime Minister — had not worked well and should not be repeated.

Congress officially rejected this contention of Mr. Digvijaya and said it was an "ideal model" for future also.

When asked whether he would accept the third term as Prime Minister, Mr. Manmohan said, "It is a hypothetical question... We are yet to complete this term."

The current term of the government will end in May 2014.

Asked whether he was ruling himself out, he said, "I am not ruling it in, I am not ruling it out."

Queried whether he would welcome Rahul Gandhi as Prime Minister, Mr. Manmohan replied, "Oh yes, anyday."

Mr. Rahul, who was appointed as vice-president of Congress in January, has been reluctant to join the government.

Even on Thursday he dubbed as "irrelevant" the questions over whether he would become the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister, who was interacting with the mediapersons at Rashtrapati Bhavan after presentation of Padma Awards, was also asked to comment on Mr. Rahul Gandhi's speech at the CII on Thursday to which he remarked, "excellent".
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