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India polls: A new Gandhi seeks to revive dynasty's fortunes

Published on Apr 29, 2014 11:34 AM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - As India's ruling Congress heads for what could be its worst-ever election defeat, Ms Priyanka Gandhi, sister of lacklustre campaign leader Rahul Gandhi, has stepped up to lead a fightback by the political dynasty.

Ms Gandhi, 42, has traditionally ceded the limelight to her older brother Rahul, 43, the diffident scion of the country's most famous political family and frontman for the Congress's campaign.

But with the party flailing in opinion polls and the election entering its final stretch, Ms Gandhi has emerged swinging against Mr Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate of the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Ms Gandhi - who looks like her imperious grandmother, late four-time premier Indira Gandhi - has called the battle against Mr Modi and the BJP a "fight for the heart" of Hindu-majority but constitutionally secular India.

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