Sun, 07 Apr 2013 16:30:00 GMT | By IANS

Sonia-Manmohan debate useless: Cong

While the Congress party says the debate over the issue of dual power centres in UPA is a 'media creation'; the BJP counters that the model has failed to deliver

Sonia-Manmohan debate useless: Cong (© Reuters)

New Delhi: The issue of dual power centres has hit the ruling United Progressive Alliance prompting both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Congress to dismiss it as a "useless debate" and a "media creation". The BJP says the model failed to deliver, while the CPI says it shouldn't interfere with governance.

"This is the creation of the media. It is a useless debate," the prime minister said Friday. The issue cropped up after party general secretary Digvijaya Singh recently said that the two power centres - Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh - had not worked well and should not be repeated by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in case the party comes to power after the 2014 general elections.

Senior Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi had countered by saying the Sonia-Manmohan model was a successful one and could be used in the future as well. "The relationship between Sonia Gandhi and the PM is a model for the future. The party will decide at a later time who will lead the 2014 election campaign. Manmohan Singh is the leader now and everyone accepts him," Dwivedi had said.

Rahul Gandhi, who wants to revive the party, has said the question of his becoming prime minister was irrelevant. "It is irrelevant...all smoke," Rahul Gandhi told industry leaders Thursday. The Congress said there were no differences on the issue between the prime minister and the party.

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