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India's Sonia Gandhi blocks son Rahul PM candidacy push

Published on Jan 16, 2014 11:59 PM
Rahul Gandhi, a lawmaker and son of India's ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, smiles during a news conference in New Delhi December 14 last year. He has emphasized on the need to change the way his party functions saying Congress will have to completely transform itself. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India’s Sonia Gandhi stalled a push Thursday for her son Rahul to be named the ruling Congress party’s candidate for prime minister, saying such a move was against tradition.

There had been widespread expectations that Rahul would be formally declared as the party’s choice for premier at a meeting in the capital New Delhi on Friday.

But party spokesman Janardan Dwivedi said that Sonia Gandhi, who is the party’s powerful president, had made clear her opposition to such a move at a committee meeting in which Rahul indicated he was prepared to take on the mantle.

Her intervention is almost guaranteed to extinguish Rahul’s chances of being anointed prime ministerial candidate on Friday.

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