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Rahul Gandhi hints at desire to become Prime Minister in 2019, says he is ready to take charge

Speaking At The University Of California, Berkeley In The United States, Congress VC Said That He 's Absolutely Ready To Be Face Of Prime Ministerial Candidate UPA In 2019. He However Said That Final Decision Would Rest With The Party.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Arshi Aggarwal | Updated on: 12 Sep 2017, 05:43:54 PM

New Delhi:

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday hinted that he was ready to be the Prime Ministerial candidate in the 2019 general elections.

Speaking at the University of California, Berkeley in the United States, Congress VC said that he 's absolutely ready to be face of Prime Ministerial candidate UPA in 2019. He however  said that final decision would rest with the party. 

During a chat, the moderator asked Rahul: “When the UPA was in power, there was a great clamour for you to be part of the executive, to become a Cabinet minister, even the Prime Minister… In 2014, they wanted you to be the Prime Ministerial candidate which you declined. And you are very likely to face the same demand in 2019. Are you ready to now take charge in an executive role?”

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Rahul answered: “I am absolutely ready to do that. But the way our party works… We have an organisational election process that decides that. That process is currently ongoing. To say that decision would be mine, would not be fair. That is being decided by the party.”

Addressing Berkeley students, Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, blaming him for breaking down Indian economy with unilateral decisions such as demonetisation and GST. 

Rahul also blamed PM Modi for undoing UPA's hardwork and opening up Kashmir to terrorim through lack of proper administration.  

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First Published : 12 Sep 2017, 05:39:46 PM