Digvijay refuses to back off from ''two power centres'' remarks

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Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Wednesday stood by his remark that the experiment of “two power centres” [a reference to the Manmohan Singh-Sonia Gandhi relationship] hadn't worked. His defiance came in the face of the party rejecting his stand which said this was an “ideal model” not only for the present but even for the future.

Singh, known for comments not always in sync with the official line, however, said that since the party's views were “supreme,” he would abide by that. “Whatever I have said is on record and, therefore, I stand by it. But the views of the Congress spokesperson and Congress party are supreme for me. So I will abide by that,” he said here a day after Congress media spokesman and General Secretary Janardan Dviwedi rubbished his remarks. “The relationship between Sonia Gandhi as the party President and Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister is something which is not usually seen everywhere and is unique. I think, for any democracy, this is an ideal model even for the future,” Dwivedi had said.

Digvijay Singh had stuck his neck out recently and called the experiment with two power centres in the UPA a failure; he also suggested that Rahul Gandhi should not opt to nominate a Prime Minister if the party won a a majority in the next Lok Sabha polls.PTI



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