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Who is ‘No. 2′ after Modi, questions Congress in LS

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Taking a dig at the government, Congress today questioned as to who is the ‘Number 2′ after Prime Minister Narendra Modi
congress logoNew Delhi: Taking a dig at the government, Congress today questioned as to who is the ‘Number 2′ after Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“There are certain signals (from the government) that are alarming,” said Congress leader K V Thomas while participating in the debate on Union Budget in the Lok Sabha during which he targeted the government.

Wondering whether there is only one leader in the government, he asked, “Why there is no Number 2… Isn’t there is collective leadership?”

He raised the query in the context of the Prime Minister
being away on a foreign visit for the past five days without any clarity as to who is in charge in his absence.

During the UPA tenure, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would name the senior most Cabinet colleague as incharge in his absence.

“There is something going wrong with the government,” Thomas said.

The dig came amid a debate in political and bureaucratic circles as to who is ‘Number 2′ in Modi’s government.

While Arun Jaitley is considered as the closest to Modi and is said to be “running the show”, Rajnath Singh, who was party president till now has catapulted himself to a slot that makes him sit next to the Prime Minister.

On Tuesday, no party leader presided over a meeting of BJP Parliamentary Party in the absence of Modi, who is abroad, giving clear signals that there is no ‘Number 2′ in the government.

PTI

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