Patna, Jan. 6: Congress leader and Union minister for transport, road and highways Oscar Fernandes today joined the chorus of Rahul Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate.
Oscar, on a daylong trip to the city to take part in several functions, claimed that Rahul was the best option for the Congress so far as selecting its prime ministerial candidate was concerned.
Speaking to the media at Sadaquat Ashram, Oscar said: “Every youngster in the country, including me, thinks Rahul is the best for the Congress so far as selecting its prime ministerial candidate is concerned. He is the leader of young people and has got all the capabilities to become the Prime Minister.” “Persons at the age of 90 can be young and a boy at the age of 10 can become old. It all depends on the mindset of the person. Rahul is fit for the post of PM and like-minded people would surely endorse my thought.”
Manmohan Singh has already proclaimed that he would not like to continue for the third time as Prime Minister. Asked about Singh’s comment on Narendra Modi as being disastrous for the country if he becomes Prime Minister, Oscar said: “We are not the one reminding him about his raj dharma. It is the leader of the BJP who had said he had failed to perform the raj dharma in his state.”
Oscar toned down when asked about Singh’s news conference being termed his “farewell speech”. He said: “The Prime Minister does not speak all the time and he only speaks when he is required to. It is not good to say that it was his farewell speech.”
Oscar asked the Congress workers to go to the people and tell that the Centre was providing huge funds to Bihar for its development. “There is an important meeting of the Congress on January 17 in which the coming Lok Sabha elections would be discussed. So far as Bihar is concerned, I would urge every party worker in the state to start preparations as Bihar is going to play a major role. The Centre has been allotting maximum funds to Bihar as far centrally sponsored schemes are concerned,” said Oscar.
He added: “I do not mind coming to Bihar if the state unit calls me for any programme. At the same time, we all have to work hard in the Lok Sabha elections.”
Oscar refused to comment on any possible alliance with the JD(U) in the state.