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Two power centres an 'ideal model' for future: Cong

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New Delhi: Congress Tuesday rubbished its General Secretary Digvijay Singh's remarks that the model of two power centres has not worked well and said this is an "ideal model" even for the future.

The party at the same time kept on the suspense over who will be its Prime Ministerial candidate in the next general elections notwithstanding the chorus for projecting Rahul Gandhi.

"The relationship which has existed between Sonia Gandhi as Party President and Manmohan Singh as Prime Minister is something, which is not usually seen everywhere and is unique. I think, for any democracy, this is an ideal model even for the future," party's media department in-charge and general secretary Janardan Dwivedi told reporters.

Noting that it is political parties that elect their Prime Minister after contesting elections, he said, "Generally it is seen that some visible or invisible tension, misunderstanding (between the government and the party) surfaces.

"Here (in the UPA) both the party and the government have continued to function with dignity and mutual understanding. What better situation could be there for a democracy?"

Digvijay Singh had recently dubbed the experiment of "two power centres" in UPA as a failure and suggested that Rahul should not opt to nominate a Prime Minister if the party gets a majority in the next Lok Sabha polls.

"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," Singh had said.

Rahul had earlier said that strengthening the organisation was his priority and it was "wrong" to ask him questions about Prime Ministership.

Dwivedi said, "Rahul Gandhi has been made Congress Vice President. Since he has been given the responsibility of the organisation, hence strengthening party and organisation is his priority. What happens thereafter is decided by the party. Today Manmohan Singh is the Prime Minister and this arrangement is working well."

PTI

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