Manmohan PM candidate of the Congress: Sonia

August 15th, 2008 - 11:17 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS) In her first clear statement on the issue, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said Friday that Manmohan Singh would be the party’s prime ministerial candidate at the general elections that are due in May 2009. “Why not, certainly,” Gandhi replied when asked at the Congress headquarters here whether Singh would unfurl the national flag at the Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort next year.

“Hopefully,” a smiling Manmohan Singh replied when asked the same question.

Gandhi and Singh were at the Congress headquarters to unfurl the national flag after Friday morning’s ceremony at the Red Fort that was Manmohan Singh’s last Independence Day speech during his current tenure.

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