Sonia tells Paswan: Not retiring in 2016
New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi has no plans to retire from politics in 2016 as speculated in a book.
This was conveyed by Gandhi herself to Lok Janshakti Party leader Ram Vilas Paswan today when he asked her about this "rumour" during a meeting he had with her.
A book had claimed that Gandhi was planning to retire from politics in 2016 when she turns 70.
"I have never said this," Paswan quoted her as telling him.
He was giving details to PTI about his 40-minute meeting with Gandhi which he had sought primarily to discuss the issue of acquittal of all the 26 accused in the massacre of 58 Dalits in Bihar's Laxmanpur Bathe 16 years ago.
During the meeting, the LJP leader urged the Congress chief to don the role of uniting secular parties before the next Lok Sabha polls like she had done in 2004.
"I told her that BJP will not come to power even though it may have allies like Shiv Sena and Akali Dal and a few other parties. So, there is a possibility of UPA only being able to form the next government," he said.
"In this context, she should unite all secular parties," Paswan added.
Raising the issue of acquittal in the Laxmanpur Bathe case, Paswan urged Gandhi to take up the serious matter as justice needed to be ensured for the victims.
Gandhi shared his view that it was a sad development, the LJP leader said.
Paswan said he was accompanied by his son Chirag, who was blessed by Gandhi for entering politics.