"On his retirement, Ramesh said: I have turned 60. I believe there should be term limits. There needs to be fresh faces in the party. I must create conditions where youngsters come. It's not about retirement. We should have been able to create a system in which newer faces and ideas come in the system."
New Delhi, April 29 - The Congress campaign for the Lok Sabha election was being led by party vice president Rahul Gandhi and not his sister Priyanka, union minister Jairam Ramesh said Tuesday.

Media creates a hype. Rahul Gandhi is the vice president of the party... he's going from state to state. Priyanka Gandhi is campaigning in two states. Would you like to see her as a future leader? That's her choice. She is charismatic. We have a vice president under whom we are running this election, the union rural development minister said in an interview to CNN-IBN news channel.

Ramesh also said that Congress president Sonia Gandhi feels that attacks against her son-in-law Robert Vadra are actually part of the political campaign against her family.

She - has said it clearly that it is part of the political campaign. And her family is being targeted. These matters are in public domain for a long time, he said.

The minister said the book by former media advisor to the prime minister Sanjaya Baru on his years in the Prime Minister's Office was a fictional bestseller.

I don't want to comment on it. It's a dishonest immoral book. I will not say anything more.

On his retirement, Ramesh said: I have turned 60. I believe there should be term limits. There needs to be fresh faces in the party. I must create conditions where youngsters come. It's not about retirement. We should have been able to create a system in which newer faces and ideas come in the system.

I have seen some of our candidates... they are young, dynamic, he added.


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