general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said he was not ready to be prime
minister yet and added that the issue of post-poll alliances would be decided
by "senior leaders" of his party after the Lok Sabha elections.
"I would refuse (the prime minister's
post)...for two reasons. One is that I am now working on the organisation of
the Congress. It's important that a pro-poor youth Congress organisation is
developed," Rahul Gandhi said. "I don't think I have the
experience to be the prime minister of the country right now.
My father (late
prime minister Rajiv Gandhi) was different," he added.
Rajiv Gandhi was 40 when he became the country's prime minister in 1984 after
the assassination of his mother Indira Gandhi. Rahul Gandhi will be 39 in
June. Addressing a press conference here, the Gandhi scion said discussions
regarding an alliance with the Left parties to form India's next government
will be held by his party's "senior leaders" after the parliamentary