"We have repeatedly and consistently said that he is the natural leader of the Congress party and we would want that we contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections under his leadership," Tewari said.

"However who should be given what responsibility is a decision which is taken by Congress president Sonia Gandhi after due consideration and consultations with everyone," he said.

On BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, he said, "The politics of the respectable Gujarat Chief Minister has been narrow, communal and divisive. What happened in 2002 in Gujarat is not hidden from anyone. Instead of taking moral responsibility, the way he has tried to give justifications shows that he doesn't believe in either secularism or the idea of India."

(Agencies)

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