The Prime Minister on Jan 3 announced his decision to opt out for a third term at helm if Congress was voted to power but stopped short of naming Gandhi as his successor even as he went hammer and tongs on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, calling him massacre-tainted recipe for disaster.
"After the general election, I will hand the baton over to a new Prime Minister. I hope it will be a UPA chosen Prime Minister and our party will work to that end in the campaign for the General Elections," he said in a much-awaited press conference here.
"I will not be candidate for prime ministership if UPA comes back to power," he said.
He said Gandhi has outstanding credentials to be nominated as the prime ministerial candidate and hoped that the party will take that decision at an appropriate time.
"We will announce the candidate for PM at an appropriate time," he said.
"I am confident that the next Prime Minister will be from the UPA coalition," said the PM.
--IBNS (Posted on 10-01-2014)