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Congress members want Rahul as PM candidate: Kamal Nath

Posted on Jan 24, 11:09AM | IBNS

All India Congress Committee members want newly-elected Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to be the party's prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 general elections, said parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath.

"I think, everyone in the party, there is consensus that they would like to see Rahul Gandhi... it is not like there are names floating around. There is one single name," Nath told NDTV here.

Nath is leading the Indian delegation at the World Economic Forum here.

"Every section of the party would like to see him (as the PM candidate). Now it is up to him to take that decision," he said.

He also asserted that working out the relationship between party president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul would not be a problem, as the junior Gandhi was now expected to play a more active role now that he was the party's vice president.

According to Nath, transition of responsibilities from one generation to other is essential.

Nath said he thought Rahul was ready for the job.

"I think he (Rahul) is absolutely ready. And when saying ready or not ready, when Mr Modi went (to Gujarat) as chief minister, he hadn't been a minister his life. When Mr Vajpayee became Prime Minister, he had not held many ministerial positions before."

Speaking on the upcoming budget session, Nath said the government will try and push through the crucial land acquisition bill and, the food security bill.

He also asserted to bring in a bill reflecting the recommendations by the three-member Justice JS Verma panel on reviewing sexual crime laws.