Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad took a complete U-turn from his remarks on Friday. He said, “No, it is not true that Congress will not claim the Prime Minister’s post. We are the biggest and oldest political party. If the government is to run for five years, the biggest political party should be given a chance. But what I have been saying is that while we are in the midst of elections we should not fight among ourselves. It (PM’s post) should be decided by consensus,”
Azad had earlier said that the Congress was amenable to a Prime Ministerial candidate from its alliance partners. In a press conference in Patna he had said that a consensus on the candidate for the top post before the results of the Lok Sabha elections are announced would be welcome but the party would not make it an issue if the Prime Minister’s chair was not offered to it. He had further added that his party will not make an issue if the Prime Minister’s post is not offered to his party.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, had a different view than that of the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha. He said that the Congress believes it will be the single largest party in the country, subject to final outcome on May 23. He further added, “Naturally, the biggest political party should get a chance to lead. All Congressmen believe that we will be biggest political party and as the biggest political party, we should be leading this country holding hand with all other like-minded political parties interested in giving a stable democratic, liberal and secular government to the country.”