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India's Gandhi lagging behind hardliner Modi, poll shows

Published on Jan 25, 2013 3:48 PM
 
Mr Rahul Gandhi, a lawmaker and son of India's ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, speaks during the All India Congress Committee (AICC) meeting in Jaipur, capital of India's desert state of Rajasthan on Jan 20, 2013. India's ruling Congress party is headed for defeat in elections next year and barely one in five voters thinks Mr Gandhi, its likely candidate, would be the best prime minister, a poll suggested on Friday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's ruling Congress party is headed for defeat in elections next year and barely one in five voters thinks Mr Rahul Gandhi, its likely candidate, would be the best prime minister, a poll suggested on Friday.

Mr Gandhi - whose father, grandmother and great-grandfather have all served as prime minister - is widely expected to lead Congress into the polls after being elevated to the post of party vice-president last weekend.

But only 22 per cent of voters surveyed by the magazine India Today said he would make the best prime minister - well behind the hardline Hindu nationalist politician Narendra Modi who had a 36-per cent rating.

The same poll showed the left-leaning Congress and its allies are on course to get 152-162 seats in the 552-seat Lok Sabha while the right-wing Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies were projected to get 198-208 seats.

 
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