New Delhi: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi has all the qualities to make a good prime minister but when asked if Gandhi was the obvious choice for the upcoming elections, Yadav said that an ‘alliance is about parties and not a single party and its leader’ so it’ll be decided once the elections are over.
Yadav said that India is a democracy, in which people choose their representatives and they, in turn, choose the leader who becomes the prime minister. He went on to add that ‘democracy is always people-centric, it is not person-oriented’. Yadav said, “We do not want a dictatorship form of government. Presently, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is suffering from idol worship. We don’t want that culture.”
Once we go about the elections, we can always sit down and choose a leader after the elections are over, there is no hurry for that. Don’t forget, Manmohan Singh Ji was not a PM candidate in 2004, however, he successfully ran the government for 10 years, Yadav added. He further stressed that the prime ministerial candidate can be settled after the 2019 polls by grand alliance members collectively.
However, lauding Gandhi’s leadership, Yadav said that even after such a long negative campaign against him, he (Gandhi) has won the hearts of the people through his perseverance, kindness and large-heartedness. The RJD leader alleged that the BJP’s propaganda machinery spent hundreds of thousands of crores to malign the Congress leader’s image.
“The Congress victory in the three major states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh under Gandhi’s leadership has infused a sense of confidence and energy in the party, and in the minds of 69 per cent electorate who had not voted for Narendra Modi in 2014,” Yadav said.
Last month, Dravida Munnetra Kazgham (DMK) president MK Stalin, one of the big allies of the Congress, proposed that the united opposition must field Rahul Gandhi as its prime ministerial candidate to defeat the Narendra Modi-led BJP government.