In an interview to leading news daily, he said, “I am ready to take any responsibility if given.”

"Earlier also some decisions were taken...Power is poison ....does not mean that I am not keen to take responsibility. There is no word of reluctance in my life...Congress has never been specific. Whatever task the Congress wanted me to accomplish, I have done that," Gandhi said.

To a direct question on whether he will accept any such responsibility, Gandhi said, "None of my family members ever worked for the sake of power. Neither my father nor my grandmother."

"We are a democratic organization. We have faith in democracy. The people of India will decide through their elected representatives, who will be the Prime Minister of the country. It is necessary for Congress to come to power in the interests of the nation and for that whatever responsibility the organization has given me or will give me, I will carry out that with full dedication," he said.

He also expressed hope that the Congress will do well in the general elections and if the party returns to power it will be in the interest for the country.

“I am confident that Congress will do well in the next polls,” he said.

“It is in the interest of the country if Congress comes to power again in 2014 Lok Sabha elections,” the Amethi MP said.

Rubbishing reports that Congress is fast losing its allies, he said, “It is untrue that Congress is losing its allies. We have alliances in Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir.

When asked about the reports that his sister, Priyanka Gandhi, will play a major role in the next polls, he said, “Priyanka is my sister and friend. Besides she is an active member of Congress and that is why she is lending a helping hand to strengthen me and the organization. I do not think she will have any electoral role.”

Meanwhile, taking a jibe at BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Rahul, 43, said, “BJP today wants a personality-oriented rule, which is not in the interests of the country. The country should not be governed according to thinking of a particular person and his ways. The future of 120 crore people can be shaped up and improved only by taking everybody along.”

Maintaining that ‘Congress is in the DNA of this country’, Gandhi said, "BJP is talking of a Congress-free India. It does not understand that Congress alone is the political power, which has kept people of this country united."

On Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), he said, “I do not agree with most of the policies of the AAP. We should take decisions that don’t just benefit in short term.”

(JPN/Agencies)

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