India ruling party urges Rahul Gandhi to stand for PM
JAIPUR, India (AFP) - Leaders of the ruling Congress party on Saturday clamoured for Rahul Gandhi - scion of India's Nehru-Gandhi dynasty - to be named the prime ministerial candidate ahead of next year's polls.
Mr Gandhi, 42, has preferred to take a back seat in the party's politics until now, concentrating instead on leading the Congress youth wing into the general elections due in 2014.
But Oil Minister Veerappa Moily hailed Mr Gandhi as the country's leader for the "present and for the future" at a meeting of the party in the tourist city of Jaipur in northern India aimed at brainstorming for the 2014 elections.
Another veteran Congress member, Mani Shankar Aiyar, said the party would back Mr Gandhi, whose father, grandmother and great-grandfather all led India, should he decide to accept a bigger role.