Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said he would welcome Rahul Gandhi’s entry into the government, remarks that come in the context of raging speculation over the possibility of a larger role for him in the government and the Congress.

“I have always said I would welcome Rahul’s entry into government,” Mr Singh told reporters here.

Last month, Mr Rahul had said that he would play a more proactive role in the Congress and the government, the timing of which would be decided by his two bosses — Congress President Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister.

Asked about possibility of a reshuffle of the Cabinet next month, the Prime Minister said, “You will come to know when it happens.”

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