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Five interesting facts about Rahul Gandhi

Indian Congress Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi gestures a greeting during the All India Congress Committee (AICC) meeting in New Delhi on Jan 17, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Indian Congress Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi gestures a greeting during the All India Congress Committee (AICC) meeting in New Delhi on Jan 17, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Rahul Gandhi, a lawmaker and son of India's ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, smiles as he speaks with the media in New Delhi in this March 6, 2012 file photo. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Rahul Gandhi, a lawmaker and son of India's ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, smiles as he speaks with the media in New Delhi in this March 6, 2012 file photo. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
In this photograph taken on Dec 21, 2013, Indian National Congress (INC) Vice President Rahul Gandhi addresses the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)'s 86th Annual General Meeting in New Delhi. Rahul Gandhi's first full-le
In this photograph taken on Dec 21, 2013, Indian National Congress (INC) Vice President Rahul Gandhi addresses the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)'s 86th Annual General Meeting in New Delhi. Rahul Gandhi's first full-length interview with an Indian television channel since joining politics a decade ago did little to flesh out his public persona, with many saying the Gandhi scion fell short of expectations.-- FILE PHOTO: AFP
In this photograph taken on April 4, 2013, Indian National Congress party Vice President Rahul Gandhi addresses the special plenary session of Confedration of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
In this photograph taken on April 4, 2013, Indian National Congress party Vice President Rahul Gandhi addresses the special plenary session of Confedration of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
In this photograph taken on Jan 17, 2014 Congress Party Vice President, Rahul Gandhi delivers his speech during the All India Congress Committee (AICC) meeting in New Delhi. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
In this photograph taken on Jan 17, 2014 Congress Party Vice President, Rahul Gandhi delivers his speech during the All India Congress Committee (AICC) meeting in New Delhi. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
In this photograph taken on Nov 7, 2013 Congress Party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi gestures as he addresses Congress supporters at the party's headquarters in Srinagar. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
In this photograph taken on Nov 7, 2013 Congress Party Vice-President Rahul Gandhi gestures as he addresses Congress supporters at the party's headquarters in Srinagar. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

Rahul Gandhi on Monday gave his first ever television interview since he became a politician a decade ago. Here are some interesting facts about India's most famous political scion.

  • Rahul, 42, is the elder of the Gandhi siblings - sister Priyanka Vadra is two years his junior. They are very close to each other, but Priyanka is more charismatic and bears a striking resemblance to their grandmother and India's former prime minister Indira Gandhi.
  • Rahul was 14 when his grandmother was assassinated by her bodyguards. Years later, he recalled at a rally how the two assassins were his friends who taught him to play badminton. "... My friends killed my grandmother," he said.
  • While he fiercely guards his privacy, Rahul went on record to clear misinformation about his girlfriend, Veronique Cartelli, who studied in the same university as him in England in the 1990s and whom he considered his best friend. "My girlfriend's name is Veronique not Juanita. She is Spanish and not Venezuelan or Colombian. She is an architect not a waitress, though I wouldn't have had a problem with that." The current status of their relationship is unclear.
  • In the bioprofile of the official parliamentary website, Rahul declared his profession as "farmer" in 2004, his first term in parliament. However, in his second stint in 2009, the professional description was changed to "strategy consultant". His educational status - MPhil in Development Economics - remains unchanged.
  • His parliamentary track record remains poor. In his first term, Rahul had an average of 63% attendance, participated in five debates and asked three questions in Parliament. In his second stint, his attendance was 43%, participated in one debate and posed no questions until Dec 2013, according to PRSindia, a website on Legislative research.
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