Rahul Gandhi is our new leader: Pranab

Miriti (West Bengal): Rahul Gandhi is going to be the "new leader" of the Congress, senior party leader and Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Tuesday, a statement that could be interpreted as projecting the young leader as the next prime ministerial candidate.

"So far as Congress is concerned, Congress is always having a new leadership. Rahul Gandhi is going to be a new leader," he told media pet sons .Mukherjee replied when asked whether Congress would follow BJP to focus on new faces as future leaders.

"What BJP is doing is their internal matter," he said adding that he would not like to comment on the internal problems of that party involving L K Advani or anyone else. Mukherjee also questioned the BJP`s performance in recent assembly election in various states.

Mukherjee`s statement is considered significant given the fact that the Congress leaders have hailed Rahul Gandhi as party`s future leader and potential prime ministerial candidate for the next general elections.

"What is their performance? In the last elections they had fought in more than 725 seats. How many have they won? Let us see their performance in the coming elections," Mukherjee said about BJP.