Sonia Gandhi, Singh to head party in poll

AFP-JIJI

India’s ruling Congress will fight the 2014 general elections under the leadership of party President Sonia Gandhi and octogenarian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a senior party leader said Saturday.

The issue of whom the embattled Congress will project as prime minister has become a topic of heated speculation with Nehru-Gandhi scion Rahul Gandhi, the next in line in India’s top political dynasty, showing deep reluctance to take the role.

The party will fight the 2014 polls “under the leadership of (party president and Rahul’s mother) Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh” and will not project any prime ministerial candidate, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh said.