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Indian voters like dynasties, if not Gandhi: Poll

Published on Mar 26, 2014 5:53 AM
A worker from India's ruling Congress party holds a broken cut-out of Mr Rahul Gandhi, Congress party vice-president and son of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, which was damaged in rain and thunder storm before the start of a party meeting ahead of the 2014 general election in Kolkata on March 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Indian voters are largely comfortable with electing dynastic candidates despite dire predictions in upcoming polls for Mr Rahul Gandhi, scion of the country's most celebrated political family, a survey said on Tuesday.

A poll released by the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace confirmed recent surveys pointing to a strong showing by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after a decade of rule by Mr Gandhi's Congress Party.

Mr Gandhi, 43, whose father, grandmother and great-grandfather were all prime ministers, is the candidate from the centre-left Congress Party in elections starting on April 7, going against the BJP's Narendra Modi, the son of a tea-stall owner.

But the poll did not support suggestions that Indians have rejected hereditary candidates. Instead, 46 per cent of voters said they preferred politicians who hail from dynasties.

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