Rahul rightful person to carry PM’s baton: Manish


New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi is the rightful person to carry Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's baton, Union Minister Manish Tewari today said shortly after Singh declared that he would bow out of office after the Lok Sabha elections.
"The Honourable Prime Minister has made the position very clear. He said that he led the government very successfully for the last 10 years and in 2014 when elections are held he would hand over the baton to another Prime Minister.
"And from the point of view of the Congress, we do hope that Rahul Gandhi, who is the natural leader of the Congress party, would be the rightful person once bestowed the blessings of the people to be carrier of that baton," Tewari told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.
To a question on Singh's remarks that Narendra Modi as Prime Minister will be disastrous for the nation, the Information and Broadcasting Minister referred to the 2002 Gujarat riots in which hundreds of people, particularly belonging to minority community, were killed.
"The Honourable Prime Minister has seen events, they have played themselves out for a fairly long period of time. Even before becoming the Prime Minister he was extremely active in public affairs," Tewari said.
Answering a question on a potential contest between Rahul and Modi, the Prime Minister said in his press conference said, "I sincerely believe that it will be disastrous for the country to have Narendra Modi as Prime Minister."
Earlier, addressing the Global Citizen Forum on the subject of "One world--Role of India, China and US", Tewari said it is not only going to be the interplay of the US, China and India but also emerging economies like Africa, Latin America which are going to shape the concept of one world.
He also spoke on the need of strengthening democracy and democratic institutions to achieve the goal of one world.
Replying to a question, the Minister said that he would like to see democracy flourish, not just that people across the world having the freedom to elect governments but also the freedom of rejecting governments.

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