Fri, 20 Jul 2012 08:27:58 GMT | By IANS

Rahul's remark triggers speculation about ministerial role

New Delhi: Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's remark Thursday about playing a more proactive role in the government sparked off intense speculation about the likely ministry he could join.

Rahul's remark triggers speculation about ministerial role

Though the Nehru-Gandhi family scion also talked about his bigger role in the party, it was his remark about bigger role in government which attracted a lot of attention. It is the first time since Rahul Gandhi joined politics in 2004 that he has given indications about joining the government.

Congress sources said Rahul Gandhi has so far been reluctant to join the government but had finally opened up to the suggestion from party leaders.Party media department chairman Janardan Dwivedi issued a statement Thursday which spoke about the possibility of Gandhi playing a bigger role either in the party or the government.

His statement triggered speculation that Rahul Gandhi could be projected as party's prime ministerial candidate for 2014 Lok Sabha polls."We will be very happy if Rahul Gandhi takes on some more responsibility and it will be a very welcome step. What responsibility (whether in the government or in the party) and when is up to the party leadership and Rahulji to decide," Dwivedi said.

Dwivedi earlier in the day said that Rahul Gandhi was slated to occupy number two position in the party after his mother and party president Sonia Gandhi.

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