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Congress to project P Chidambaram for PM's post in 2014 polls
Last Updated : 02 Dec 2012 05:57:10 PM IST
Congress to project P Chidambaram for PM's post in 2014 polls


Congress is thinking of projecting Finance Minister P Chidambaram as its prime ministerial candidate for the next general elections in 2014.


Congress has decided that Rahul Gandhi will not be projected as the prime ministerial candidate. According to sources" P Chidambaram  will be projected as the  as the party's prime ministerial candidate for the next general election."

 Keeping in view the global economic slowdown , Chidambaram is being seen as the appropriate person for the top job  as he has the qualities to tackle the current economic challenges.

As in 2014 ,prime minister Manmohan Singh will be well past 80  and Rahul Gandhi is still unprepared for the PM's post, Chidambaram has got the right credentials to lead the nation.

A day after senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj said that Gujarat Chief minister Narendra Modi was fit to be the prime minister, Congress is also keen on projecting their leader for the next elections. This is the first time that Congress is keen on deciding the prime minister candidate  for the next elections.


Chidambaram  is widely credited with implementing a series of reforms, along with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to stem a slowdown in growth, curb a widening fiscal deficit and attract more foreign investment into Asia's third largest economy.

Now what made Congress high command think or decide about the Congress prime ministerial candidate .


This time the 2014  general elections will be different as  apart from the major two political parties ie Congress and BJP another party of Arvind kejriwal will also fight the elections.


 Cong meet in Jaipur

The issue of alliances is expected to come up in a big way at the Congress Chintan Shivir in Jaipur in January in the backdrop of a series of electoral drubbings and the Lok Sabha polls less than 18 months away.

An indication that there is a re-thinking in the party over 'go it alone policy' was evident with the recent setting up of an election coordination committee with Rahul Gandhi heading the high-level panel.

One of the three sub-groups set up along with thehigh-powered committee is to deal with the issue of alliances with Defence Minister A K Antony at the helm.

There is a growing feeling in the party that thealliances cannot be wished away at this juncture as coalition era is here to stay.Senior party leader and Finance Minister P Chidambaramhad only recently said that alliances are inevitable

"Let us do a reality check. The reality is that there aremany many political parties especially at the state level.Alliances are inevitable. If you do not have a pre-poll alliance, you end up with a post-poll alliance.

 Rahul Gandhi is heading the six-member Congress coordination panel for the 2014 general elections constituted by party chief Sonia Gandhi.

Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi  said Rahul Gandhi, who already has a de facto number 2 status in the party, tops the list of members of the crucial Election Coordination Committee for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.


Chidambaram got Sonia's backing

Chidambaram ,who has also got the backing of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is  the chief architect of UPA's ambitious direct cash transfer scheme (CTS) .Direct cash transfer scheme  is being termed as “nothing less than magical”,  as it  is aimed at plugging the loopholes in the delivery mechanism and ensure that poor get complete benefits of government schemes.


Modi:BJP's choice

These reports have emerged after top BJP leader Sushma Swaraj  on Saturday publicly endorsed Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's name   for the post of prime ministership of the country.

"Narendra Modi is capable of becoming the Prime Minister of the country... he is fit for it," Sushma Swaraj, Leader of  Opposition, in Lok Sabha, said, and the first Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Gen Next leader to endorse Modi as BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate.

Within hours of that open endorsement, another senior BJP leader echoed Sushma's views.

 Chidambaram's profile

Chidambaram is a member of the Indian National Congress and member of the lower house of parliament since 1984, Chidambaram has held several ministerial posts since 1985.

This is Chidambaram's third stint as Finance Minister, having held the post in 1996-1998 and 2004-2008. He also served as Home Minister from December 2008 to July 2012, and as Deputy Commerce Minister on two occasions.

Source: IANS, Other Agencies, Staff Reporters
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