Only Rahul can decide if he wants to play a bigger role in Cong: Sonia

New Delhi: While the rest of the party may be telling all who care to listen that they want Rahul Gandhi to play a more important role in the Congress, party president Sonia Gandhi today said it is for her son to decide that for himself.

"No one can take a decision on his behalf. He has to take a decision," she said in Parliament House after Vice-President Hamid Ansari filed his nomination paper for a second term.

Why are you asking me? Sonia Gandhi with son Rahul in a file photograph. PTI

Sonia's reactions come in the wake of comments by senior Congress leaders like Digvijaya Singh and Law Minister Salman Khurshid who said that the AICC general secretary should play a bigger role in the party's politics.

"Finally the time has come for him to assume a larger role… He has been confining himself to Youth Congress and the student wing of the party. He should come into the mainstream… This is the demand of all Congressmen. We all want him to start working proactively,” Singh had said earlier this week.

Rahul has however refused to comment on the speculation and despite reports that he was set to take on a bigger role in the party, they have not revealed what exactly it will be.

It is also not certain if the Congress leader is likely to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as the party's Prime Ministerial candidate and he has also refused to comment on the speculation.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Jul 18, 2012 12:47 PM

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