The country is waiting for somebody from Gandhi-Nehru family to become Prime Minster since 1989, Congress today said giving a fresh fillip to the talk about naming Rahul Gandhi as party's Prime Ministerial candidate ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
"It's not a question of having made him (the PM candidate). The country is demanding that. As far as the person about whom you talking, this country is demanding since 1989 that a member from Gandhi family becomes the Prime Minister of the country.
"Since 1989, this thing is being talked about in the country. People are waiting for it with eagerness. So the person about whose PM candidateship you are talking... it is not only me but the whole country is demanding and expecting that somebody from Gandhi-Nehru family comes and becomes Prime Minister," party spokesperson Raj Babbar told reporters at the AICC briefing.
The remarks by the AICC spokesperson came when he was asked whether Congress has decided on Rahul Gandhi as its PM candidate for the next general elections given that Babbar made comparisons between the working styles of Gandhi and Narendra Modi.
At the outset Babbar slammed Modi over his "dynastic politics" remarks against Gandhi and noting that there are two ideologies of inclusive secularism and divisive communalism in the country.
"On one hand there is a person, who is the Chief Minister of Gujarat, who represents the other force and their PM candidate. You have seen the words that have come out from him.
"On the other hand is our Congress Vice President, whose only concern is to ensure that the poor in this country should not be in a situation in which he has sleep empty stomach in the night. Irrespective of whichever government is in power anywhere, he saying this infront of them and fighting the battle of hunger," Babbar said.
The party has so far been maintaining that it does not declare its PM or CM candidate and Gandhi, himself, have on many occassions downplayed the talk about his PM candidature.
Gandhi, who had been earlier looking after the front wings of the party like Youth Congress and NSUI as AICC general secretary, was made the party Vice President at Chintan Shivir in Jaipur in January this year.
Ever since, his role in mainstream party activities have increased substantially and he has been instrumental in many changes in the Congress' system of ticket distribution to candidates for assembly elections and its over-all media and alliance strategy for the next Lok Sabha polls.
To a question about NCP chief Sharad Pawar's statements in past indicating his discomfort with working under Gandhi under a new dispensation in Congress, Babbar said in a tongue and cheek remark that the NCP chief might be talking about Maharashtra.
Babbar referred to speeches of Gandhi in Hamirpur in UP and slammed the state government ruled by outside UPA ally Samajwadi Party for not implementing food security.
To a question on whether Congress is looking at a bi-polar politics, he merely said that his party is standing like a rock to protect amity in the country.
"Gandhi says that the state government is trying to put obstacles in people's right to food as they saying that food bill should be passed after 2014 Lok Sabha election. Will hunger wait for the 2014 general elections to be over. It is right to claim this and force the state governments for it," the Congress spokesperson said.
Slamming Modi's attack on Gandhi over "dynastic politics", he said those levelling talking such things have no idea of past and present.
"Those who are giving the slogan of dynasty, ask them what will they say about Shiv Sena and Akali Dal. Will they show mirror to Sukhbir Singh Badal and Udhav Thackeray? "Will they also show mirror to their party leaders in Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan"? he asked.
Former BJP Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal's son Anurag Thakur is an MP from Hamirpur and President of Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha while former Rajashtan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje's son Dushyant Singh is also an MP from Jhalawar.