Rahul Gandhi today acknowledged what the Congress has said for a while now. He said he was willing to be Prime Minister, that’s if his Congress emerged as the single largest party in the 2019 national election.
At a gathering of prominent citizens in Bengaluru, an outreach organised within the last few couple of days of campaigning for the May 12 Karnataka election, the Congress president was asked whether he could become Prime Minister.
“I’m pretty convinced that Mr Modi is not going to be prime minister. I could see it in his face. He knows it,” he said in reply to a question.
“Will you feel prime minister?” the questioner asked.
“Well it depends… it depends on what well the Congress party does. If the Congress party is the greatest party, yes,” he responded.
If the Congress acted as a “platform” (with other parties in a coalition), the BJP didn’t stand a chance of winning the elections, he said, stressing on opposition unity.
“It’s highly unlikely that BJP will form another government, and the second part is it is unattainable that Modi will be the next prime minister,” he added.
Congress leaders have told NDTV that he has voiced the sentiment for a while now, but not beyond off-record conversations with journalists.