Supporters of India’s Congress party roared approval at an election rally last month as Rahul Gandhi draped a garland of flowers over a portrait of his great- grandfather, Jawaharlal Nehru, the independence hero who led the nation in its first two decades.
Rahul Gandhi said it was time to repair a broken system of governance in his first speech after being named deputy leader of Congress, an appointment that seeks to invigorate the ruling party ahead of next year’s election.
For several hours today it looked like Rahul Gandhi might lose his parliamentary seat in Uttar Pradesh. As the vote count in India’s election stretched into the afternoon, he edged ahead, but the message was clear: The Gandhi dynasty that has dominated Indian politics since independence had lost its allure.
Nobody among India’s 1.2 billion people has been groomed to run Asia’s third-biggest economy more than Rahul Gandhi. Whether he wants to follow his father, grandmother and great-grandfather in doing so remains unclear.
Rahul Gandhi, scion of the preeminent family in Indian politics, was appointed to the number two role in the governing Congress party as it seeks to appeal to younger voters ahead of an election next year.