New Delhi: The Congress vice-president and scion of Nehru-Gandhi family, Rahul Gandhi turned 43 on Wednesday. He is said to be the country’s most eligible bachelor but this young leader prefers devoting time in travelling across India to strengthen his party’s organization and connect himself with the masses.

Rahul currently holds the number two position in the party after his elevation to the post of vice president in January this year but the Congressmen eye a larger role for this Gandhi heir. Notably, he is considered as the prime minister in waiting by many of his partymen. In such a scenario, it will not be wrong to see Rahul as the ideal replacement of ageing Manmohan Singh for the PM post in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Rahul Gandhi's political journey (in pics) 

Rahul, who started his political career in 2004, fought the Lok Sabha polls in the same year from Amethi, the erstwhile constituency of his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, and won his first election by a margin of over one lakh votes.

Politics wasn't Rahul's first choice. After his M.Phil at Cambridge in 1995, he spent the next three years working at the Monitor Group management consulting firm in London. By 2002, he was an entrepreneur, running his own strategy consultancy in Mumbai.

Rahul was appointed as the Congress general secretary in 2007. Soon after assuming the big post, he began a self-styled ‘discovery’ of India. He explored rural India, broke bread at common man’s homes and spent nights with Dalit families.

Rahul has always been a crowd-puller and his road trips are reportedly a nightmare for his security staff. He is known to frequently break his Special Protection Group cordon and mix with the people. This is the reason why, the Congressmen consider him a youth leader.

Even if Congress hopes Rahul’s appeal can fetch it the youth votes to the party, the 2010 Assembly elections in Bihar and 2012 polls in Uttar Pradesh were big disappoints for the national party. Rahul carried extensive campaigning in both the states but unfortunately the performance of the party was unimpressive. The Congress managed to win just 4 out of 243 assembly seats in Bihar elections. Similar scenario prevailed in politically important Uttar Pradesh too. In the western state of Gujarat too, he addressed a few election rallies, but the party did not make any significant gains at the polls.

However, the Congressmen see him as the future of the party as well as the nation.


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