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Rahul Gandhi awaits further promotion in India's ruling party

Published on Jan 3, 2014 7:39 PM
 
India's Congress (INC) Party Vice President Rahul Gandhi arrives to address a press conference in New Delhi, on Dec 14, 2013. 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 Jan 3, 2014 that he will step down before this year's polls. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - 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 Friday that he will step down before this year's polls.

Mr Rahul, 43, is already number two in the Congress, behind his mother Sonia who is party president, and he is chief strategist for the national elections.

The party originally had no plans to declare its candidate for the top job before voting, but newspapers are now speculating that Mr Rahul will be promoted as early as a meeting on Jan 17.

Congress faces a resurgent opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), running a successful campaign centered on its candidate Narendra Modi.

 
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