The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had in September 2013 given Narendra Modi a crack at the most important job in the country by naming him its PM candidate, despite bitter opposition by party patriarch LK Advani. The anointment was seen as the biggest step yet in the career of the Gujarat chief minister who still finds it difficult to shake off allegations that he did not act decisively to prevent the 2002 riots that killed more a 1,000 people in Gujarat.
“Several leaders raised the issue of naming the PM candidate at the meet but the party chief said the Congress traditionally did not name a candidate before elections,” Dwivedi told reporters in Delhi. “I am a dedicated worker of the party. I will perform whatever duty the Congress asks me to," he quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying during the meeting. The discussions held by the CWC on Jan. 16 will be approved at the All India Congress Committee’s meet on Jan. 17, the Congress leader said.
The Congress was recently routed in assembly elections held in four states despite its vice-president’s aggressive campaign.
Rahul Gandhi had recently made an unexpected appearance at a meet-the-press program in Delhi and slammed an ordinance on convicted lawmakers after the party leadership praised the ordinance as “perfect”. The party had later withdrawn the ordinance that sought to protect convicted legislators from immediate disqualification. The move by Rahul Gandhi was then seen as a mark of public leadership and an attempt to reach out to the people of the country as the face of the Congress.