Prime-minister-in-waiting Rahul Gandhi to lead Congress fight during 2014 elections

Rahul Gandhi

A party functionary, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said "we will focus on pre-poll and post-poll election allies. We are recognising the reality of coalition politics in India. We cannot be unrealistic."

The assertions by party leaders come at a time when there is talk of formation of a non-Congress non-BJP formation in the political arena.

"We are recognising the reality of coalition politics in India," a leader said adding to the growing feeling in the party in favour of strong alliances.

Rahul himself was one of the main factors the party's decision to go it alone in the Assembly elections in Bihar and UP and suffered badly.

The party has already set up a Committee headed by Rahul for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. One of the sub-committees set up is look for pre-poll alliances.

To a question whether Rahul will lead Congress campaign or UPA's election campaign, the leader said that election will be fought on UPA platform and not on Congress platform.

The assertions by party leaders have come ahead of Congress Chintan Baithak to be organised in Jaipur in January, where the party is likely to take close look on the issue of alliances.

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