Rahul Gandhi says he has no plans of marriage

Mar 06, 2013, 10:54 IST | Agencies

During an informal meeting with MPs, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said that he had no plans of marrying.

During an informal discussion with Members of Parliament (MP) on Tuesday, a former woman MP asked Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi about his marriage plans.

To which he said, "If I get married and have children, I will be status quoist and will like my children to take my place."

Rahul Gandhi
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi, who has often spoken of the ills facing the organisation, said that top leaders in several parties who are in decision-making authority come from the Rajya Sabha.

He gave ample signals that he wanted to change the organisation drastically from top to bottom and his ideal was Mahatma Gandhi and he believed in the "Nishkam Karma" of the Gita.

Calling the Mahatma "my guru", he said Gandhiji could inspire people as also the rank and file of Congress as they knew that he was not one who is hankering after power.

Gandhi said he could take a holistic view of the scenario as regards party politics because "I am a parachute", implying he owed his leadership to the membership of the first family in Congress.

The Congress Vice President regretted that all political parties have been designed in a manner that prevents the youth from getting key positions at a time when they are seeking a greater say in political affairs.

Stressing that he wanted to change the picture in this regard, he suggested that this was necessary to avoid an "explosion". "At one point, the pressure from the youth will be such that there will be an explosion," he said.

In the same discussion, the 42-year-old also said that it was wrong to ask him if he wants to become prime minister. 

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