New Delhi, July 6 (ANI): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh on Wednesday accused the Congress Party, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, and the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh of projecting and promoting dynastic rule, both nationally and at the state level.
Speaking with ANI in an exclusive interview here, Singh said that the Prime Minister's recent statement about the possible elevation of Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Minister of the country, was wrong in principle, and warned that the BJP would oppose it tooth and nail.
"It is their (Congress party's) internal matter. The Congress is family-run dynastic party," Singh said.
It maybe recalled that during a recent press conference, Prime Minister Singh had indicated that he would step down for Rahul Gandhi, signalling the return of the Gandhi dynasty.
Singh, who is 78, said: "Whenever the [Congress] party makes up its mind, I will be very happy to step down. The general proposition that younger people should take over is the right sentiment."
Manmohan Singh's comment followed renewed calls by senior Congress party leaders for Gandhi to succeed Singh, who has been described as a "lame duck" prime minister for his remaining three-year term.
Some believe the premiership is Gandhi's birthright as he is the son of Congress party head Sonia Gandhi and heir to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has ruled India for almost 40 years.
Rajnath Singh went a step further in saying that the Samajwadi Party (Mulyam Singh and Akhilesh Singh) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (Mayawati and her family members) were also being run along similar lines, and added that such forms of administration could never meet the expectations of the people. By Naveen Kapoor (ANI)