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Rahul Gandhi takes first step in race to be India’s next PM

By Reuters Staff
January 19, 2013

It’s the news some Congress leaders have waited for with bated breath. On Saturday, spokesman Janardhan Dwivedi announced the party’s decision to make Rahul Gandhi its vice-president.

Pressure had been mounting on the “young emperor” from within the troubled party to take charge. For years, Gandhi had shown no inclination to do so. But with his formal promotion to the party’s number two position next to mother Sonia, the 42-year-old is ready to claim the throne of the world’s largest democracy in the 2014 elections.

Here’s the latest from around the web.

Major changes in Congress with Rahul Gandhi as vice-president

Rahul’s elevation in Congress comes as no surprise: BJP

Congress gives Rahul Gandhi official status to take major decisions: Samajwadi Party

It’s less chintan, more Rahul promotion at Congress Shivir

Elevation of Rahul ‘historic’, ‘game-changer’: Cong young leaders

Reactions on Twitter
SHAILI CHOPRA – “So if Rahul Gandhi is going to be Vice President of the Congress party, question still remains Who will be the PM candidate?”

RAJDEEP SARDESAI – “Anyone who tells you its rahul vs modi in 2014, tell that to Jaya, Mamata, Mulayam, Jagan, Pawar, Nitish, Naveen! Gnight”

NAVEEN JINDAL – “Congratulations to #Rahul on becoming VP of INC . All the Youth See A Ray Of Hope In him . All the best to him :)”

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