New Delhi: As MK Stalin restrained from reiterating his ‘Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for Prime Minister‘ pitch at Saturday’s ‘United India’ rally in Kolkata, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party took a dig at the DMK chief, claiming it exposed chinks in the ‘mahagathbandhan‘. “Had Stalin been consistent in his stand why did not he say that he proposed Rahul Gandhi for the post Prime Minister at the mega Kolkata rally attended by over 20 parties,”BJP Tamil Nadu unit president Tamilisai Soundararajan said while speaking to reporters.
Taking potshots at Stalin for diverging from his previous stand of supporting Rahul Gandhi for the post of Prime Minister she said that such deviation showed ‘his hesitancy and obstacles’.
Stalin, however, stands adamant on his proposal. “Yes, I did propose Rahul Gandhi’s name. What is wrong with it?” the DMK chief said.
“Unlike the undercurrent of incohesion in the Opposition ranks, her party led front was clear that “to save the nation, Narendra Modi should return as the Prime Minister.”
Stalin clarified,”I had announced Rahul Gandhi’s name at a function organised by the DMK. This is what the people of Tamil Nadu want. The situation is different in other states. In West Bengal, they decided to finalise the name after the election. It is their wish.”
He also said no leader at the Opposition rally had questioned him for backing the Congress chief for the Prime Ministerial post.
Last year on December 16, while taking to reporters after unveiling a statue of his father and legendary Tamil leader M Karunanidhi in Chennai, Stalin had ‘proposed’ Gandhi’s name for the opposition’s prime ministerial candidate.
“The people of the country are unhappy with the BJP and that it why the Congress got success in three states. Rahul has got the ability to defeat fascist Modi government. Let’s strengthen Rahul Gandhi’s hands, let’s save the country,” Stalin had said.