Rahul Gandhi will be PM if Congress called to form government: Chidambaram

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Days after the Congress rejected the demand from party workers to anoint Rahul Gandhi as party’s prime ministerial candidate, senior party leader P Chidambaram asserted on Wednesday that the Gandhi scion will get the top job if the Congress is called to form the government post general election.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, the union finance minister said, “Likely outcome of national election is that no party will have clear majority. If Congress comes to power, I am pretty certain Rahul Gandhi will be the prime minister.”

“Whether Congress will be called to form the government will depend on the outcome of national election,” he added.

On the aggressive stance taken by Rahul Gandhi at the AICC meet held last week, Chidambaram said, “Rahul Gandhi had enough fire in the belly at the AICC session.”

Hitting out at the Bhartiya Janata Party and its PM candidate Narendra Modi, Chidambaram said, “BJP not represented by all sections, Narendra Modi has never fielded a Muslim candidate.”

Chidambaram, who was recently appointed as ‘senior’ spokesperson by his party, also used the occasion to target the BJP on its economic policies.

He said the BJP’s economic model is retrograde, regressive. “BJP is a party that has a blood-eyed economics model,” Chidambaram, adding, “BJP economics is Luddite economics.”

On India’s economic growth rate, the Finance Minister said that it is likely to grow at about 5 per cent in current fiscal and next fiscal we will cross 6 per cent.