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India's Rahul Gandhi defends seat in marathon election

Published on May 7, 2014 5:58 AM
 
Indian Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi addresses an election rally in Allahabad on May 5, 2014. Rahul Gandhi, scion of India’s political dynasty and frontman for the ruling Congress party, defends his own parliamentary seat on Wednesday as the world’s biggest general election enters its final stages. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Rahul Gandhi, scion of India’s political dynasty and frontman for the ruling Congress party, defends his own parliamentary seat on Wednesday as the world’s biggest general election enters its final stages.

More than 95 million voters are eligible to vote in the penultimate leg of the election that ends on May 12, with the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expected to oust Congress from power after 10 years.

Gandhi, 43, who has failed to turn around a flailing Congress campaign, will be fighting for his political future with his northern constituency of Amethi among 64 in which voters are heading to the polls.

The challenge facing Gandhi was underscored this week when opposition frontrunner Narendra Modi held a rally in Amethi, a Gandhi stronghold for more than 30 years, and declared nothing could save the dynasty.

 
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