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Making Rahul As PM Is Congress' Prerogative, Says Mamata

New Delhi, June 21:  Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today said it is the Congress' prerogative to decide whether Rahul Gandhi should be made the Prime Minister.“I love this (Gandhi) family. I had good relations

PTI [ Updated: June 21, 2011 20:16 IST ]
making rahul as pm is congress prerogative says mamata
making rahul as pm is congress prerogative says mamata

New Delhi, June 21:  Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today said it is the Congress' prerogative to decide whether Rahul Gandhi should be made the Prime Minister.

“I love this (Gandhi) family. I had good relations with Rajiv Gandhi and have good relations with Soniaji, Rahul and Priyanka,” Mamata said when asked whether she agreed with Congress leader Digvijay Singh on making Rahul Gandhi the Prime Minister.


“It is an internal matter of the Congress. It is the Congress party's choice. The majority will decide....if they allow it, as a partner we will support the UPA government,” she said.
 
Banerjee said, inclusion of Prime Minister or Chief Justice of India in the ambit of Lokpal “hardly matters” in the fight against corruption.

“It is not a big question...whether Prime Minister or Chief Justice is included, it hardly matters. Do you think that inclusion of one person will strengthen the fight against corruption?” she asked.

However, she also said that in case the Prime Minister was included in the ambit of Lokpal, “I have no problem. I am with the UPA.”

To a question, she denied that she had blamed civil society groups for enacting “drama” on the issue of corruption.

In an apparent dig at civil society, she had yesterday said: “Our party is against corruption. But we are also against creating drama.”

To another question, Banerjee said “if anyone says all politicians are corrupt, then let them join politics.” Pressing for a comprehensive package to check the menace of corruption at all levels, Trinamool Congress chief demanded that the moneys illegally stashed abroad should be brought back.

She also suggested that electoral reform measures be carried out by the Election Commission and said state funding of polls would go a long way to curb the use of black money in the electoral process. PTI

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