Rahul Gandhi awaits further promotion in India's ruling party
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.