Press Esc to close
Saturday 30 May 2015
News updated at 2:58 AM IST
Weather
Max: 33°C
Min : 22.3°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Cong not to declare PM candidate before 2014 polls

New Delhi, Sept 14, 2013 (PTI)
Union Minister RPN Singh  PTI File Photo

Congress will not declare its Prime Ministerial candidate ahead of 2014 general election notwithstanding BJP naming Narendra Modi as its nominee, party leader and Union Minister RPN Singh said today.

"Congress has a tradition. It does not declare candidate for Prime Minister or Chief Minister. The elected MPs or MLAs decide who would be the Prime Minister or Chief Minister. The party will do the same in 2014," the Minister of State for Home told reporters here.

He was replying to queries on who would be Congress' Prime Ministerial candidate.
Reacting to BJP's declaration, Singh alleged that Modi is a divisive force and he does not believe in India's ethos of secularism.

Asked about the recent communal violence in Muzaffarnagar, the Minister said the situation in the western Uttar Pradesh district has improved substantially but central government was keeping a close watch on it.

Singh appealed to the political parties not to politicise the Muzaffarnagar riots and work for peace in the region.

Curfew was eased during day time in the riot-hit areas of Muzaffarnagar for fifth consecutive day today while 542 people have been arrested so far in connection with communal violence in the district and surrounding areas that claimed 47 lives.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Muzaffarnagar on Monday for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha poses next to the newly launched BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe...

Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha poses next to the newly launched BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe...

Foreigners dance during Millionaire Bhanwar Lal Doshi's Diksha ceremony for becoming a Jain monk...

Foreigners dance during Millionaire Bhanwar Lal Doshi's Diksha ceremony for becoming a Jain monk...

A man takes a nap inside a car on a hot summer day in Ahmadabad...

A man takes a nap inside a car on a hot summer day in Ahmadabad...

A shepherd going with sheep to the next village near Jaliya Village in Beawar, Rajasthan...

A shepherd going with sheep to the next village near Jaliya Village in Beawar, Rajasthan...

Monsoon clouds hover over the Mumbai skyline near Marine Drive sea-face side on Friday...

Monsoon clouds hover over the Mumbai skyline near Marine Drive sea-face side on Friday...

An Indian child plays in front of a water sprinkler to cool off on a hot summer day...

An Indian child plays in front of a water sprinkler to cool off on a hot summer day...

Martina Hingis of Switzerland returns the ball as she plays with Sania Mirza...

Martina Hingis of Switzerland returns the ball as she plays with Sania Mirza...

Police detain National Students' Union of India (NSUI) activists during a protest...

Police detain National Students' Union of India (NSUI) activists during a protest...

Waleed Iqbal of Pakistan (Grandson of Muhammad Iqbal)...

Waleed Iqbal of Pakistan (Grandson of Muhammad Iqbal)...

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah eating mango after inaugurating Mango Jackfruit festival...

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah eating mango after inaugurating Mango Jackfruit festival...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523