‘Tamil Nadu wants Rahul Gandhi as next PM’ says MK Stalin, describes why he didn’t pitch for same in West Bengal rally

DMK Chief MK Stalin on Sunday defended his last month statement backing Rahul Gandhi as the next Prime Minister. He slammed media when he was asked why he had taken Gandhi’s name last month, and when he didn’t take his name yesterday (Saturday) at the mega anti-BJP rally in West Bengal, he was once again asked why he hadn’t talked about it.

“Yes, I had proposed Rahul Gandhi’s name for the next prime minister in DMK’s Chennai rally… It is funny that when I said it, the media asked me why I had said so, but yesterday when I did not say, the same media once again asked me why I had not said it,” Stalin said in Tamil Nadu, according to a report by news agency ANI.

Stalin defended his statement made in Chennai and said that there was nothing wrong in what he said. “What was wrong in what I said? It is what the people of Tamil Nadu wish for… But in West Bengal, they (parties) have decided to finalize the candidate after the elections… It is their call,” he said reportedly. DMK Chief MK Stalin backs Rahul Gandhi as PM Candidate for 2019

Earlier in December last year, while addressing a massive rally in Chennai to unveil the statue of his father, K Karunanidhi, DMK Chief MK Stalin proposed the name of Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial Candidate for the upcoming general elections 2019 to take on what he called the “destructive governance” of the BJP-led NDA government.

Stalin while talking about Rahul Gandhi in December last month said: “We will install a new Prime Minister in Delhi, and I propose the candidature of Rahul Gandhi from Tamil Nadu.” Stalin also asked all the opposition parties to join hands of Congress President and ‘save the nation’.

The Mega Opposition Rally of Mamata Banerjee on Saturday saw massive support from ‘Kashmir to Kanyakumari’.

Samajwadi Party Leader Akhilesh Yadav,  NCP’s Sharad Pawar, former prime minister HD Devegowda, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu, DMK president MK Stalin, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav, National Conference supremo Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah, Bahujan Samaj Party leader Satish Mishra, Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh and leader Jayant Chaudhary, Opposition leader in Mizoram – Lalduwahawma, former Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Gegong Apang, former Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, Gujarat independent MLA and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, and Patidar quota agitation and Gujarat Firebrand leader Hardik Patel were some of the leaders present at the rally.

Union finance minister and BJP dissident Yashwant Sinha, former BJP minister from the Vajpayee cabinet Arun Shourie and BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha were also present at the rally.

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