Rahul may get senior position in Congress
NEW DELHI: A leader of India’s ruling Congress party has hinted at a possible cabinet, or other senior, position by the end of this month for Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India’s Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty.
Gandhi is the son, grandson and great-grandson of Indian premiers but he has repeatedly turned down invitations to join the government. His mother, Sonia, is head of the Congress party.
The media-shy bachelor currently serves as a member of parliament and head of the Congress party youth wing. In a televised interview late on Thursday, senior Congress figure Digvijay Singh said the 42-year-old “will be coming for a much more active role in the mainstream of Congress politics”. “Just wait for 15 days and you shall see,” Singh, told Headlines Today.
Indian media reports have speculated in recent weeks that he is set to join the government, or take a senior role in the Congress party such as a vice presidency.
Gandhi has been under pressure from party loyalists to boost his public profile ahead of national elections in 2014, but he has also faced repeated questioning from pundits over his desire and ability to take a top position.
Singh defended Gandhi, who promised in July to play a more “proactive role,” against criticisms that he lacked a clear ideology or political aptitude.—AFP