Rahul Gandhi, the scion of Nehru-Gandhi family, said on Tuesday he was not interested in marriage nor was he in the race for the post of prime minister.
In a conversation with Congress party lawmakers and a few journalists in Parliament's Central Hall, Rahul, 42, said he did not want to tie the knot and raise a family as doing so would lead him to develop an interest in his children like the status quo at the expense of his mission to democratise the party and decentralise its decision-making, according to Indian media reports.
"If I get married and have children, then I will become a status quoits and will be concerned about bequeathing my position to my children," he said.
Rahul had earlier stonewalled questions about his marriage by saying people would get to know about his plans at the appropriate time.
He also denied that he aspired to be PM and lamented that Congress as well as other parties had become organisations where a coterie of leaders decide everything.
Asked about his interest in the PM's job, he said, "Asking whether you want to be the prime minister is to ask me a wrong question."
His remarks came in the wake of intense speculation about the possibility of his becoming Congress prime ministerial candidate in 2014 general elections. The speculation was strengthened after Raul's recent appointment as Congress vice-president.