Rahul Gandhi meets chiefs of party ruled states ahead of 2014 national elections

STORY: Scion of Nehru-Gandhi family and the newly appointed Vice-President of India’s ruling Congress party, Rahul Gandhi on Friday (February 15) met the chiefs of party-ruled states ahead of the 2014 national elections.

In a bid to strengthen the state units of the party, Gandhi also met the chiefs of Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) in New Delhi.

Chief ministers of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Kerala and Himachal Pradesh attended the meeting.

Gandhi’s ruling Congress party has declared that he will be the face of its election campaign but has stopped short of saying he would become prime minister if the party was re-elected for a third term. Nevertheless, he is widely viewed as the party’s top candidate for premier.

The failure of Congress party in state elections in March 2012, and a looming fight over the cheap sale of coalfields had put Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the party under even more pressure.

Rahul Gandhi, son of current party leader Sonia Gandhi, utterly failed to deliver a promised comeback for the Congress party in crucial state elections in March 2012, casting fresh doubt on his capacity to become the next member of a dynasty to lead the country.