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India's Rahul Gandhi hints at role as PM candidate

Published on Jan 14, 2014 2:58 PM
 
India's Rahul Gandhi addresses the special plenary session of Confedration of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi on April 4, 2013. Mr Gandhi said Tuesday he was open to leading the ruling Congress party into elections this year, in his strongest hint yet that he is ready to be named as prime ministerial candidate. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's Rahul Gandhi said Tuesday he was open to leading the ruling Congress party into elections this year, in his strongest hint yet that he is ready to be named as prime ministerial candidate.

The 43-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, which has dominated India's post-independence politics, is typically evasive when asked about his future plans and role.

But in a rare interview granted to the Hindi-language Dainik Bhaskar newspaper, he indicated he was ready to bow to pressure within his party to project him formally as a leader-in-waiting.

"Just as at present, I will take up whatever responsibility is given to me by my party in the future and do it diligently to the best of my abilities," he said.

 
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