‘Sonia Gandhi should become the Prime Minister when the Congress-led UPA got a majority.’
Indore: When Congress-led UPA got majority then Sonia Gandhi should become Prime Minister. This is to say that the minister Ramdas Athawale in the Modi government. Athawale said Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s issue of foreign origin was redundant in the context of the 2004 Lok Sabha elections. If Indian-born Kamala Harris could become the US Vice President, Italy-born Sonia Gandhi could also become India’s prime minister following the victory of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in the general elections 17 years ago.Also Read – Video: MP Karti Chidambaram, two factions of Congress workers clashed in front, threw chairs at each other ..
The Union Minister has said this at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a visit to America and he has also held a meeting with Harris there. Athawale told reporters here, “When the UPA got a majority in the 2004 elections, I had proposed that Sonia Gandhi should become the Prime Minister of India. Then I was of the opinion that the issue of his foreign origin has no meaning.” He further said, “If Kamala Harris can become the Vice President of America, then why couldn’t Sonia Gandhi, a citizen of India, wife of Rajiv Gandhi and elected to the Lok Sabha, become the Prime Minister of this country?” Also Read – CPI leader Kanhaiya Kumar and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani to join Congress on September 28
The Union Minister said that Sonia Gandhi should have become the Prime Minister in 2004 and if she was not to accept the post, then senior party leader Sharad Pawar should have been made the Prime Minister to strengthen the Congress. He said, “Pawar deserved the post of Prime Minister as a mass leader and Congress should have made him the Prime Minister in place of Manmohan Singh, but Sonia Gandhi did not.” Also Read – Sachin Pilot met Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi, after Punjab, all eyes are now on Rajasthan
Athawale also said that if Sharad Pawar had become the Prime Minister of the country in 2004, the Congress would not have suffered such a perceived misfortune as it is happening today. Significantly, Pawar is currently the head of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). The NCP was formed on May 25, 1999 by Sharad Pawar, along with PA Sangma and Tariq Anwar, after Italy-born Sonia Gandhi was expelled from the Congress over a dispute over her right to lead the Congress.
The Union minister called upon senior leader Amarinder Singh, who was forced to step down as Punjab chief minister in recent political developments, to join the BJP or the National Democratic Alliance led by him in the wake of his “huge humiliation” by the Congress. Athawale said, “If Amarinder Singh joins the BJP, the BJP’s position will be strengthened in the upcoming assembly elections in Punjab.”