PMO officials and politicians briefed on the meeting between the two said the 81-year-old PM was extremely unlikely to seek a third term in office, should the UPA muster the numbers in the Lok Sabha elections, due sometime after March next year.

The Prime Minister's insistence that the Gandhi scion take a more active role signals his growing discomfiture with the dual power structure, with Sonia Gandhi heading the Congress-led UPA coalition and Singh leading the government. Read More