Shillong, Sept. 24: Union minister of state for information and broadcasting (independent charge) Manish Tewari today asserted that the “trinity” would lead the Congress into the 2014 Lok Sabha battle.
The “trinity”, according to him, comprises Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
Asked whether the Congress would name its vice-president Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial candidate, Tewari refused to give a clear cut reply, but said it would be the “trinity”, which would lead the ruling party into the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
At the same time, he said the UPA would fight the polls on the basis of the “strength of its policies and programmes” and “not on the basis of personalities”.
“We will go into the 2014 elections based on the Westminster model of democracy as our system is not a presidential one,” he said, while referring to the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.
Terming the BJP as a party which is at “war with itself”, he said former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee was brought down by the UPA in the 2004 polls while prime ministerial hopeful Lal Krishna Advani was routed by the Congress five years later.
“The BJP refuses to learn from history. The UPA has had the maturity to rise above petty ambitions,” he added.
He said for the past 10 years, the UPA government has been “silently” working on transforming the nation.