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Alliance talks only after polls, says Rahul

Kolkata, April 25
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi said today that he was not ready to be prime minister yet and added that the issue of post-poll alliances would be decided by “senior leaders” of his party after the Lok Sabha elections.

“I would refuse (the prime minister’s post)...for two reasons. One is that I am now working on the organisation of the Congress. It is important that a pro-poor youth Congress organisation is developed,” Rahul Gandhi told mediapersons.

“I don’t think I have the experience to be the prime minister of the country right now. My father (late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi) was different,” he added.

Addressing a press conference here, the Gandhi scion said discussions regarding an alliance with the Left parties to form India’s next government will be held by his party’s “senior leaders” after the parliamentary polls.

“I think all these discussions will be held after the elections, once the results are out... Let’s see what the outcome is,” Gandhi said, responding to CPM general secretary Prakash Karat’s statement that the Third Front was not averse to seeking outside support from the Congress to form a government.

“I am nobody to keep the door open for anybody. There are senior people. As the general principle, the door of the Congress is always open for anybody who wants to join the party,” he said. — IANS

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