Sonia Gandhi ought to have been Prime Minister when the Congress-led UPA got here to energy in 2004, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale has mentioned, drawing a comparability with US Vp Kamala Harris. He has additionally instructed that Sonia Gandhi ought to have picked Sharad Pawar as Prime Minister as a substitute of Manmohan Singh.
“Sonia Gandhi should have been the PM when UPA (United Progressive Alliance) came to power. If Kamala Harris can become US Vice President why can’t Sonia Gandhi become Prime Minister? (She) is an Indian citizen, wife of former PM Rajiv Gandhi and a member of Lok Sabha,” Ramdas Athawale was quoted by information company ANI as saying on Saturday.
The BJP ally mentioned any discuss Sonia Gandhi’s overseas origin is “meaningless”.
“When the UPA got a majority in the 2004 election, I had proposed that Sonia Gandhi should become prime minister. I was of the view that her foreign origin issue had no meaning,” Mr Athawale advised reporters in Indore.
Mr Athawale, recognized for his unfiltered feedback, additionally mentioned if Sonia Gandhi didn’t need to take the highest publish on the time, she ought to have picked Sharad Pawar.
“Pawar should have been made Prime Minister instead of Manmohan Singh but Sonia Gandhi did not do so,” the Union Minister.
In keeping with Mr Athawale – who’s the lone Nationwide Democratic Alliance (NDA) ally within the BJP-led central authorities — if Mr Pawar had been Prime Minister in 2004, the Congress would have been in a stronger place and wouldn’t have been within the mess that it finds itself in now.
Manmohan Singh was Prime Minister for 10 years earlier than the BJP led by Narendra Modi swept to energy in 2014.
Mr Pawar, a former Congress chief, was expelled from the celebration when he rebelled towards Sonia Gandhi’s management over her overseas origin. In 1999, he broke away from the Congress and fashioned his Nationalist Congress Social gathering (NCP). The NCP and Congress have since fought a number of elections collectively as allies and at present share energy in Maharashtra together with the Shiv Sena. Mr Athavale can also be from Maharashtra.