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Cong not averse to supporting regional party leader for PM post: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Press Trust of India  |  Shimla 

The is not averse to supporting any for the Prime Minister's post even if it emerges as the single largest party, Gulam Nabi said on Thursday.

"My party high command has already made it clear that the is not averse to making a from any regional party," told reporters here.

He was asked if the Congress will be ready to support any for the PM's post even if it emerges as the largest party in a hung Parliament.

Speaking in the same vein in on Wednesday, had said the Congress will not make it an issue if the PM's post is not offered to it.

Azad's remarks assume significance as the Congress has been asserting that it would be the fulcrum of any non-NDA government, which was seen as its claim for the PM's post and had led some major regional parties to maintain a distance from it.

"It will be good if there is a consensus on Congress leader's name for heading the government at the Centre after the Lok Sabha election results are out but we are not going to make it an issue that we (Congress) will not let any other (leader) to become the PM, if it is not offered to us (Congress)," Azad had said in Patna, in an apparent mellowing of Congress' stand.

The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha had said the sole objective of the Congress is to stop the NDA from forming the government at the Centre and installing a non-NDA government.

Taking a swipe at Narendra Modi, Azad said here that he should prepare for installing his own statue.

Asked about Modi's assurance of constructing a 'grand statue' of 19th century reformer Ishwar at the same spot where his bust was vandalised in Kolkata, the Congress leader replied, 'Now he should prepare for installing his own statute.'

However, Azad was quick to add that "some alive persons also erect their statutes as BSP supremo Mayawati had done in UP".

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 21:01 IST