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Chorus intensity grows for Rahul Gandhi at Congress ''Chintan Shivir'' in Jaipur

Chorus intensity grows for Rahul Gandhi at Congress ''Chintan Shivir'' in JaipurJaipur, Jan. 19 : Congress MP Rajiv Shukla on Saturday said Rahul Gandhi should now assume a bigger role and responsibility in the party.

"I mean definitely. This is what we all want. We have been waiting for last six months. And this is what we all want that it should definitely happen. We have made similar demands in the ''Chintan Shivir'' also. Let us wait for the decision of the Congress President and Rahul Gandhi himself," he told mediapersons on the sidelines of the Congress Party''s ''Chintan Shivir'' here.

Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi also echoed similar sentiments, and said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is afraid of Rahul Gandhi.

"They do not have any leadership in their outfit as that of Rahul Gandhi. So, they always make such comments. I would advise them to practice positive politics," he added.

Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar on his part said Rahul Gandhi has to take a final call himself in this regard.

"Rahul Gandhi has to himself take a decision on it. And if he decides to take over the leadership, then the entire party will welcome it. As a Congressman, I have told you that if Rahulji decides to take over the party''s leadership then he will get not only my support but the entire party''s support," said Aiyar.

"It''s been over 25 years now. The entire world has changed, India has changed. But there are some basic things, which are the same. And in my view what Rajivji had said that ''we have to empower the people through Panchayat Raj'', we have to give this prominence," he added, when asked about the challenges that Rahul Gandhi will have to face as compared to his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dr. M. Veerappa Moily said Rahul Gandhi is the Congress Party''s leader at present and in future.

"We have three stable leaders, which we are very proud that is in consonance with the great legacy of the Congress Party. Congress always enjoyed the great leadership. That''s why, it is inspired and there is continuity," he said.

Rahul Gandhi has occupied the centre-stage at the ''Chintan Shivir'' here, as a majority of the Congressmen have demanded that he should be named as the Prime Ministerial candidate.

Many speculate that it would be a face off between Rahul Gandhi and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in 2014. Modi, who secured an electoral hat-trick in Gujarat, is being seen as the one who would play a key role for the BJP in 2014. (ANI)