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Only 14% of Indian voters want Rahul Gandhi to be PM: Poll

Published on Jan 9, 2014 2:22 PM
In this photograph taken on December 14, 2013, India's Congress party vice-president Rahul Gandhi arrives to address a press conference in New Delhi. The path is clear for India's Gandhi family scion Rahul to become the Congress party's next prime ministerial candidate, following premier Manmohan Singh's announcement on January 3, 2014, that he will step down before this year's polls. Rahul, 43, is already No. 2 in the Congress, behind his mother Sonia who is party president, and he is chief strategist for the national elections. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Only 14 per cent of voters believe Rahul Gandhi would make the best prime minister for India, a survey found on Thursday, just days after his endorsement by outgoing Congress Premier Manmohan Singh.

The survey for The Times of India found 58 per cent of respondents want Mr Narendra Modi, the candidate of the main nationalist opposition party in this year's general election, to be the next prime minister while 25 per cent opted for the anti-corruption champion Arvind Kejriwal.

The poll makes grim reading for the ruling Congress party, which had been hoping that the youthful Gandhi would significantly increase its apparently slim chances of victory in the election due by May.

Mr Gandhi, 43, is expected to be named at a party meeting on Jan 17 as Congress' candidate for premier after the 81-year-old Dr Singh confirmed last Friday that he would step down after the polls.

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