Digvijaya Singh, senior Congressman who’s getting into the social gathering’s presidential race, immediately indicated that his transfer was a spur-of-the-moment choice, made after it turned clear that Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s candidature received scuttled by the riot of his loyalist MLAs. If elected, Mr Singh mentioned he would perform the social gathering’s selections, as occurs in a democratic system, he mentioned. A very good chief is “not a dictator” however the “first amongst equals”, he identified.
“When the sector is evident, I assumed why not?” he advised NDTV in an unique interview.
Requested what he meant by a “clear subject” he mentioned, “Initially, there have been talks concerning the social gathering deciding on a reputation. So it was completely different. Now it’s one other situation”.
Mr Gehlot, a loyalist of the Gandhi household, was seen because the “official” candidate.
However the former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh refused to discuss the state of affairs in Rajasthan, a state headed by his pal of 4 a long time.
Mr Singh may very well be one of many three corners of what would possibly prove a triangular election. Congress sources advised NDTV that the social gathering excessive command is on the lookout for a most well-liked candidate for the social gathering’s high put up. There’s a chance that the candidate can be Mukul Wasnik, a staunch Gandhi household loyalist rewarded with a Rajya Sabha seat earlier this 12 months.
A piece within the social gathering has reservations about Mr Singh, who’s seen as having “an excessive amount of political baggage” regardless of his credentials as a Gandhi household loyalist, sources mentioned.
Mr Singh agreed that he was not the “official” candidate. “If the Gandhis say there isn’t a ‘authorised’ candidate, how can I be one? I’m not the ‘official’ or ‘authorised’ candidate. I am contesting on the dictates of my conscience. I will ask everybody, in the event that they assume I am deserving then good,” he mentioned.
Requested if his work can be guided by his conscience or the Gandhi household, Digvijaya Singh mentioned, “I imagine within the democratic system. Regardless of the social gathering decides, I will go together with that”.
“A pacesetter is simply the primary amongst equals. They don’t seem to be dictators. They’re answerable. For instance, Sonia Gandhi consults everybody. Solely after that she takes a call. That is the system of management in any democratic social gathering,” he added.
On whether or not he would withdraw nomination as soon as an “official” candidate enters the race, Mr Singh indicated that’s on a wait and watch mode. “Political state of affairs can change. We are going to see,” he mentioned.