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India's Congress keeps allies in mind in not naming Rahul as PM candidate

Published on Jan 17, 2014 4:18 PM
Indian Congress Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi (C) smiles as Congress Party president, his mother Sonia Gandhi, arrives during the All-India Congress Committee meeting in New Delhi on January 17, 2014. India's ruling party was set to put on a united front at a mass meeting after its leader Sonia Gandhi stalled a push to name her son Rahul as prime ministerial candidate at looming elections. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI - At a gathering of India's ruling Congress party on Friday, party workers chanted "Rahul for prime minister" as party president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi ascended to the stage.

The chanting continued, forcing Mr Gandhi to intervene and ask for calm so that the meeting could continue.

The clamour from party workers was in response to Mrs Gandhi's overnight decision to nip a proposal to officially name her 43-year-old son as the prime ministerial candidate for the general election due within five months.

But Mrs Gandhi did not relent.

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