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India's Gandhi predicts bigger election win than 2009

Published on Mar 16, 2014 8:54 PM
 
Mr Rahul Gandhi (right, with his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in this file picture from 2012) on Sunday, March 16, 2014, forecast a bigger win for India's ruling Congress party in next month's elections than it secured last time, rejecting comments by senior party members that they face an uphill battle. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Mr Rahul Gandhi on Sunday forecast a bigger win for India's ruling Congress party in next month's elections than it secured last time, rejecting comments by senior party members that they face an uphill battle.

Mr Gandhi, frontrunner to be prime minister should Congress win, predicted the party would surpass its tally of seats secured at the 2009 national elections, rejecting opinion polls showing it headed for a humiliating loss.

Acknowledging that after a decade in power, "there is a certain amount of anti-incumbency against us", Mr Gandhi disagreed with Finance Minister P Chidambaram that Congress was the "underdog".

"Congress is fighting a challenging election and we will win the election," Mr Gandhi told the Press Trust of India in an interview. "I am not a soothsayer but we will do well," he told PTI.

 
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