India's Rahul Gandhi to lead party campaign, not formal PM candidate

NEW DELHI Thu Jan 16, 2014 9:39am EST

Rahul Gandhi, a lawmaker and son of India's ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, smiles during a news conference in New Delhi December 14, 2013. Rahul Gandhi emphasized on the need to change the way his party functions saying Congress will have to completely transform itself. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Rahul Gandhi, a lawmaker and son of India's ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, smiles during a news conference in New Delhi December 14, 2013. Rahul Gandhi emphasized on the need to change the way his party functions saying Congress will have to completely transform itself.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Rahul Gandhi will lead the Congress party's campaign for national elections due by May, but he will not be formally announced as the party's candidate for prime minister, a senior party leader said on Thursday.

"The 2014 election campaign will be led by Mr Rahul Gandhi," Janardan Dwivedi told reporters after a meeting of the Congress Working Committee, but added that it was not in the party's tradition to name candidates for prime minister.

Congress, in power for the last decade, is struggling in opinion polls with a string of corruption scandals and a reputation for poor governance engulfing its administration.

(Reporting by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Manoj Kumar)

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jatin22 wrote:
Rahul may not be nominated as PM now or Sonia’s decision for rahul might be a tradition of not revealing the name but reforms Congress is making to develop India and why people should vote Congress the main reason said till now is that they are acting upon the women empowerment, social safety, special attention on minority group and to avoid corruption..

Jan 18, 2014 7:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
Aditi1 wrote:
That hardly matters that RaGa is going to be PM.. congress retrieved us from 2 recessions… Rahul is a very good combination of young and knowledgeable person… we need such talent to lift up our country.. their list of development in our country is very big including giving metro, fly-overs, new highly developed airports.. etc… So congress should definitely hold the government again…

Jan 18, 2014 7:48am EST  --  Report as abuse
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