Congress Won’t Project Rahul Gandhi as PM Face in 2019, Says Chidambaram

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Speaking to News18, Chidambaram also says the Modi government is adopting “threatening tactics” to keep regional parties away from the Congress.

Chennai: The Congress will not project party president Rahul Gandhi or any other leader as the prime ministerial face ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, former finance minister P Chidambaram has told News18 Tamil in an exclusive interview.

The grand old party has been trying to stitch together a grand alliance of regional parties to take on the BJP next year and hopes to head such a coalition, but has received mixed to negative response from potential allies.

Admitting that regional parties have grown in the last two decades and are eating into the votes of national parties, Chidambaram said the combined vote share of the BJP and Congress has plummeted below 50 percent. He also accused the Narendra Modi government at the Centre of adopting “threatening tactics” to keep regional parties from joining hands with the Congress.

“The situation would change once the government is reduced to a caretaker one and we form a formidable alliance at the state level,” he said.