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Only 14 pc want Gandhi to be Indian PM: poll Rahul has ‘outstanding credentials’: Singh

NEW DELHI, Jan 9, (AFP): Only 14 percent of voters believe Rahul Gandhi would make the best prime minister for India, a survey found Thursday, just days after his endorsement by outgoing Congress premier Manmohan Singh.

The survey for The Times of India found 58 percent of respondents want Narendra Modi, the candidate of the main nationalist opposition party in this year’s general election, to be the next prime minister while 25 percent opted for the anti-corruption champion Arvind Kejriwal. The poll makes grim reading for the ruling Congress party, which had been hoping that the youthful Gandhi would significantly increase its apparently slim chances of victory in the election due by May.

Gandhi, 43, is expected to be named at a party meeting on Jan 17 as Congress’s candidate for premier after the 81-year-old Singh confirmed last Friday that he would step down after the polls. In a rare press conference, Singh said that Gandhi — whose father, grandmother and great-grandfather all served as prime minister — has “outstanding credentials” to lead the world’s largest democracy

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