Join us, Manmohan tells Rahul

Published: 12th August 2012 09:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th August 2012 09:49 AM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said he would welcome Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s entry into the UPA Government. “I have always said that I will welcome Rahul’s entry into government,” Singhsaid.

Rahul had said after voting for Presidential election on July 19 that he was ready to play a more proactive role both in the party and government and had left the decision on the timing to party chief Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh.

But there was rethinking on his joining the government due to various reasons, sources said. Many Congress leaders were against this move.

 Digvijay has said he would prefer Rahul to take up a bigger role in the party and prepare it for the 2014 general elections.

Sources said Congress leaders want to see members of the Gandhi family as number one in either in the party or the government.

“If at all Rahul joins the Manmohan Singh government, he would become only number two or number three in the Cabinet. Every Congress leader wanted him to be the number one in the government in future,” said a senior Congress leader.

On the possibility of the Cabinet reshuffle next month, Singh said, “You will come to know when it happens.”

Sources said that there is no possibility of Cabinet expansion till the monsoon session of the Parliament is over.


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