Friday, January 6, 2012

India to embrace Rahul Gandhi

"They're a pan-Indian recognised family. Very few political families today are in this position. They are committed to secular values and remember, this is still a very feudal country," says Ms Chowdhury.

Under pressure over corruption scandals and a slowing economy, many in India's Congress party are looking to Rahul Gandhi, fourth generation scion of the famous Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder joined him as he campaigned in Uttar Pradesh, which faces crucial polls early next year.

In a large public ground near the city of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh state, thousands of people wait in anticipation.

The largely rural gathering has spent several hours braving the chilly winter temperature for a glimpse of the heir to one of the world's most powerful political dynasties.

Even as a local politician tries to keep them engaged, a cheer runs through the crowd as a white SUV makes its way into the ground, its wheels churning up dust.

Rahul Gandhi, the man they've all come to see, steps out surrounded almost instantly by bodyguards in black suits and dark glasses.

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