New Delhi: Rejecting as "malicious campaign" and "rumours" suggestions that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could be replaced, Congress on Monday said there is "no doubt" that he will continue till 2014 and that he shared a "perfect" and unparalleled relationship with party chief Sonia Gandhi.

Following up on Sunday's statement that the dropping of Union Ministers PK Bansal and Ashwani Kumar was a "joint decision" of Gandhi and Singh, the party claimed there "cannot be a better relationship" between any party chief and Prime Minister than the two top leaders have.

"As far the relationship between the Prime Minister and party President Sonia Gandhi is concerned, this is a perfect relationship. There cannot be a better relationship between any party President and Prime Minister than the one which exists between the two," Congress General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.

The statement came in the wake of media reports of growing differences between Congress leadership and the Prime Minister. The reports had suggested that Singh was not keen on removing Kumar and Bansal but was forced to do so by Gandhi.

"There is no doubt that Manmohan Singh will remain Prime Minister till 2014. What you are referring to as reports are not news reports but rumours and a malicious campaign, which we not only refute but also condemn," he said.

"Whenever there was an occasion; the party said clearly that Manmohan Singh will remain PM till 2014. The same situation prevails now. No new decision has been taken about this issue in any other manner," he said.

(JPN/Agencies)

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