Rahul for PM remark: Premature announcement will divide Opposition

NEW DELHI: A day after DMK president MK Stalin proposes Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s name for the post of Prime Minister to defeat ‘fascist’ Modi government, the TMC leadership distanced itself from the statement on Monday.

“Not only TMC, but other Opposition parties, too, are of the opinion that any decision on the PM candidate should be decided only after the Lok Sabha election results. Any announcement on the PM candidate right now would be premature as it would divide the Opposition camp,” a senior TMC leader told a leading news agency on condition of anonymity.

Stalin on Sunday made the announcement at a public rally here in the presence of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Chief Ministers N. Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh), Pinarayi Vijayan (Kerala) and V. Narayanasamy (Puducherry) and leaders of several other parties.

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“I propose, we will install a new Prime Minister in Delhi. I propose the candidature of Rahul Gandhi from Tamil Nadu,” Stalin said.

He said Rahul Gandhi had the capability to defeat the “fascist” Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “We will strengthen Rahul Gandhi’s hands.”

Furthermore, Stalin claimed that in the last five years, India has lagged behind by 15 years under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi. “If we give another chance to him, surely the country will go 50 years back. PM Modi is behaving like a king. That is why we have all come together to safeguard the democracy and the country,” he added.

With agency inputs