PM-Sonia model of 'two power centres' a failure: Digvijaya Singh

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    NEW DELHI: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh dubbed the experiment of "two power centres" in UPA as a failure and said Rahul Gandhi should not repeat Sonia Gandhi's decision to nominate a leader as prime minister.

    "Personally, I feel this model hasn't worked very well. Because, I personally feel there should not be two power centres and I think whoever is the PM must have the authority to function," the Congress general secretary said in a TV interview.

    While Singh clarified that Sonia had never interfered in government functioning during the two UPA stints, his comment marked the first frank assessment of the split leadership of government and party post-2004.

    The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister has often been a critic of the government's policies and his remarks can be seen as a less than flattering assessment of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's stewardship.

    The stinging analysis of the UPA experiment came in the context of Singh strongly rebuffing suggestions that Rahul was reluctant to take up the top job and a reiteration of the belief that the Congress president should also be the PM when the party is in power.

    Media reports earlier this month quoted Rahul as telling party MPs that he did not want to become the PM and was instead keen on focusing on organizational revival.

    While reinforcing apprehensions in some party quarters that he continued to be a reluctant leader despite his elevation at Jaipur, the statement was read by some to mean that he could repeat the experiment put in place by mother and Congress chief Sonia.

    Singh denied the "I-will-not-be-PM" remark attributed to Rahul Gandhi. "Rahul said his priority was welfare of the people. Media assumed that he was saying becoming PM was not his priority," the AICC leader explained.

    According to Singh, Rahul told him that his statement had been misrepresented.

    The denial of the "not-be-PM" statement, read alongside the failure of "dual power centre", coming from the senior leader seen to be close to Rahul, indicates the heir-imminent would be willing to take up the top job if Congress leads a coalition to majority in 2014.

    The statement apparently rebuffing the PM's post kicked off murmurs about the "next Manmohan Singh" in Congress, a reference to the leader who could be put in the hot chair if the Gandhi family did not claim it.

    Congress insiders said the picture of a reluctant prince was not good for the party's health ahead of elections as it carried the risk of demotivating cadres and confusing voters. The Gandhi family is seen as the glue holding together diverse factions and ideological camps that crowd the organization from top to bottom.

    Singh praised the leadership of 10, Janpath, to advocate that Rahul should step up to the plate when the time comes. "I think... I strongly feel that... when time comes and if the Congress gets majority or it is in a position to form the government, I think Rahul Gandhi should take the call," he said.

    He said even in an unwieldy coalition, Rahul would be able to manage the intricacies of the coalition politics since he is "mature enough" and would have the assistance of senior party leaders.

    PM-Sonia model of 'two power centres' a failure, Digvijaya Singh says - The Times of India
     
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    PM-Sonia model of 'two power centres' a failure, Digvijaya Singh says

    NEW DELHI: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh dubbed the experiment of "two power centres" in UPA as a failure and said Rahul Gandhi should not repeat Sonia Gandhi's decision to nominate a leader as prime minister.

    "Personally, I feel this model hasn't worked very well. Because, I personally feel there should not be two power centres and I think whoever is the PM must have the authority to function," the Congress general secretary said in a TV interview.

    While Singh clarified that Sonia had never interfered in government functioning during the two UPA stints, his comment marked the first frank assessment of the split leadership of government and party post-2004.

    The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister has often been a critic of the government's policies and his remarks can be seen as a less than flattering assessment of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's stewardship.

    The stinging analysis of the UPA experiment came in the context of Singh strongly rebuffing suggestions that Rahul was reluctant to take up the top job and a reiteration of the belief that the Congress president should also be the PM when the party is in power.

    Media reports earlier this month quoted Rahul as telling party MPs that he did not want to become the PM and was instead keen on focusing on organizational revival.

    While reinforcing apprehensions in some party quarters that he continued to be a reluctant leader despite his elevation at Jaipur, the statement was read by some to mean that he could repeat the experiment put in place by mother and Congress chief Sonia.

    Singh denied the "I-will-not-be-PM" remark attributed to Rahul Gandhi. "Rahul said his priority was welfare of the people. Media assumed that he was saying becoming PM was not his priority," the AICC leader explained.

    According to Singh, Rahul told him that his statement had been misrepresented.

    The denial of the "not-be-PM" statement, read alongside the failure of "dual power centre", coming from the senior leader seen to be close to Rahul, indicates the heir-imminent would be willing to take up the top job if Congress leads a coalition to majority in 2014.

    The statement apparently rebuffing the PM's post kicked off murmurs about the "next Manmohan Singh" in Congress, a reference to the leader who could be put in the hot chair if the Gandhi family did not claim it.

    Congress insiders said the picture of a reluctant prince was not good for the party's health ahead of elections as it carried the risk of demotivating cadres and confusing voters. The Gandhi family is seen as the glue holding together diverse factions and ideological camps that crowd the organization from top to bottom.

    Singh praised the leadership of 10, Janpath, to advocate that Rahul should step up to the plate when the time comes. "I think... I strongly feel that... when time comes and if the Congress gets majority or it is in a position to form the government, I think Rahul Gandhi should take the call," he said.

    He said even in an unwieldy coalition, Rahul would be able to manage the intricacies of the coalition politics since he is "mature enough" and would have the assistance of senior party leaders.

    http://m.timesofindia.com/india/PM-...says/articleshow/19232869.cms?intenttarget=no
     
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    Re: PM-Sonia model of 'two power centres' a failure, Digvijaya Singh s

    Puppet PM with an Italian godmother
     
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    Re: PM-Sonia model of 'two power centres' a failure, Digvijaya Singh s

    So Diggy has admitted at last there are two power centres. One of course is illegal and extra-constitutional.
     
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    Re: PM-Sonia model of 'two power centres' a failure, Digvijaya Singh s

    My take on this is: this is Diggy's indirect long-winded way of saying, "Rahul baba must be PM next time, enough is enough" :D
     
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    Re: PM-Sonia model of 'two power centres' a failure, Digvijaya Singh s

    So Mr Digvijaya Singh just bouted him self out of PM race

    Happy Holi
     
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    Re: PM-Sonia model of 'two power centres' a failure, Digvijaya Singh s

    "Former Chief Minister of Madhyapradesh is often a critic of govt policies." 

:laugh: Are these media persons insane ?? Such bs reporting further decreases the decreased credibility of media. This guy is an arse licker, vocal fart not a critic.
     
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    Re: PM-Sonia model of 'two power centres' a failure, Digvijaya Singh s

    Because he is very close to Rahul Gandhi, and he wants to be Sonia Gandhi :D
     
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    Re: PM-Sonia model of 'two power centres' a failure, Digvijaya Singh s

    well, this is the first time the man has said something logical...
     
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    Re: PM-Sonia model of 'two power centres' a failure, Digvijaya Singh s

    There are no two power centers, MMS has no power.
     
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    Re: PM-Sonia model of 'two power centres' a failure, Digvijaya Singh s

    Loyal congressis like him are pissed off to report to someone other than Gandhi, MMS in this case & maybe some other non-political animal in future.
     
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    Re: PM-Sonia model of 'two power centres' a failure, Digvijaya Singh s

    The remainder of his political career depends largely on Rahul Gandhi becoming the PM. He want to make bucks by being close to Rahul Gandhi as PM.
     
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    Re: PM-Sonia model of 'two power centres' a failure, Digvijaya Singh s

    Those loyal Congressis having been doing chamchagiri for such a long time. They think they deserve some returns from it. Unless Rahul becomes PM there is no hope for them rising.
     
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    Two power centres are harming India

    Spake Diggy Babaji: Two centre model has not worked, or something to that effect. Quibblers may quote the exact words I do not mind.

    MMS has responsibility but not power, at least not full power. He has to constantly look to 10 Jan Path. Crucial decisions are delayed or are lop sided as she further consults members of her coterie. Yet he has to bear the full burden of failure without taking credit for success.

    Another is that this "internationally acclaimed" economist has to implements and schemes thrust down by Sonia, even economist in him revolts at them. MNREGA, now impending Cash transfer, dual LPG prices. Don't be surprised if there is another round of farm loan waiver. Yet govt finds it hard to pay meagre sums to Kashmiri Pandits.

    But this tyag ki murti might ask: Barat kaun is chriya hai? But after she is given a Romanised statement.
     
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    The would not say that MMS does not have power. If he had no say in the party India would not have gone ahead with the nuclear deal. However, he is not a leader and thus cannot command respect from his party workers. He has been given charge of governance, but he has failed in the politics of governance. That is why UPA is lost two of its main allies.
     
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    This man Digvijay Singh cannot live without creating controversies.

    Now he has shafted his own Party by speaking out the giving an official stamp on what India knew and felt all along.

    He has messed up the complete game plan of the Congress and its credibility as a Party that knows what it is doing!
     

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