“If Congress is called to form the government, I'm pretty certain in my mind that Rahul Gandhi will be the Prime Minister,” he said while speaking on the sidelines of the 44th World Economic Forum in Davos. (Agencies)
“The young leader has enough "fire in his belly" for the post,” he added.
Chidambaram also hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) terming its economic policies as retrograde and ‘blood-eyed’. He asked why BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had never fielded a Muslim candidate.
Chidambaram also took a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), saying there was no place for mob-democracy in India and the country was a party-based democracy where individuals cannot be bigger than a party.
On the upcoming general elections, Chidambaram said it may be an unfortunate event that no party is a clear winner and no one gets majority, as the elections are likely to throw a fractured mandate.
Meanwhile, the Finance Minister said that unravelling of AAP has already begun within weeks of it coming to power in Delhi and it remains to be seen whether an "urban rejection" of mainstream parties that was seen in Delhi elections would be replicated in other parts of the country.
In Delhi elections the rejection was for both Congress and BJP, he said, adding that one was ruling the state government and the other municipal bodies.
"But it is just a few weeks and we are seeing an unravelling of the Aam Aadmi Party," he said.
Saying that he was not privy to discussions in the state party unit regarding support to AAP, Chidambaram said the Congress was divided in its decision to give outside support to AAP and it was one section favouring the support that prevailed.
Responding to a query on politicians he admires the most, Chidambaram said, "John Kennedy (former US President) and Lee Luan Yew (of Singapore) outside India," he said.
Jawaharlal Nehru and Subhash Chandra Bose among those he did not know and Indira Gandhi among those he had known, he said.
“If Congress is called to form the government, I'm pretty certain in my mind that Rahul Gandhi will be the Prime Minister,” he said while speaking on the sidelines of the 44th World Economic Forum in Davos.