Gandhi to lead campaign for India's ruling party

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Associated Press

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 1:03 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 17 at 2:33 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — A spokesman says the heir to India's Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty will lead the ruling Congress party's campaign for the national election in May.

But Janardhan Dwivedi, a spokesman for the Congress party, said late Thursday that the party leadership will not formally name Rahul Gandhi as a candidate for prime minister.

The move is a political maneuver as the battered party tries to regroup after a string of corruption scandals, internal feuding and a stumbling economy. Observers say it's a way to avoid having voters see Gandhi as a scapegoat for all of Congress' problems.

But if Congress does indeed win the polls, it's widely expected that the party will name Gandhi prime minister.

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