New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi has sent out clear indications that if the party returns to power in the 2009 general elections, Manmohan Singh would again be the Prime Minister of the country.
In her letter to Congress activists across the country in the January issue of party mouthpiece ‘Sandesh’ magazine, Gandhi, said: “He has led UPA (Congress-led United Progressive Alliance) government with great distinction. He has many more years of service both to our party and our country. We look forward for his continued leadership and his inspiration top the younger generation particularly.”
Pointing out that Manmohan Singh, who is recuperating after a by pass surgery, will resume his normal duties soon, Gandhi showered praises on him saying: “He has always been known for his wisdom and sagacity, for his humility and simplicity, for his quiet but firm resolve and his propriety and dignity. He has led UPA government with great distinction.”
Her statement comes at a time when some Congress leaders, including External Affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee, have said that party general secretary and Gandhi’s MP son Rahul Gandhi should assume the office of the prime minister. However, a survey published by Marketing and Development Research Associates, or MDRA, has found that Singh was more favoured for the country’s top political post than his nearest rival L.K. Advani, prime ministerial candidate of the opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA).