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Pew Research poll indicates big lead for BJP in India elections

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Indians, by a 3-to-1 margin, prefer the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party to lead the country's next government, a Pew Research poll indicated.

Rahul Gandhi to lead election campaign for Congress Party

NEW DELHI, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- India's Congress Party said Rahul Gandhi will lead its election campaign, but the Gandhi family scion was not officially named the prime ministerial candidate.
Indian PM Manmohan Singh says he will step down after elections

Indian PM Manmohan Singh says he will step down after elections

NEW DELHI, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has held the post for nearly 10 years, said he will leave office after elections this year.

Sonia Gandhi admitted to hospital, later discharged

NEW DELHI, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- India's ruling Congress Party head Sonia Gandhi was admitted to a hospital after becoming ill during Parliament debate and later discharged, her party said.

Indian Maoists attack Congress party convoy in Bastar

RAIPUR, India, May 28 (UPI) -- Indian Naxalite Maoists have attacked a Congress Party convoy in Bastar in Chhattisgarh.

Witnesses say 17 killed in attack by Maoist insurgents in India

RAIPUR, India, May 25 (UPI) -- Maoist insurgents abducted a leader of the Indian National Congress party and his son Saturday evening in an attack witnesses said left 17 people dead.

Protest held to defend Indian reforms

NEW DELHI, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Tens of thousands of people gathered in New Delhi Sunday for a rally in support of controversial economic reforms, officials said.

India's Manmohan Singh reshuffles Cabinet

NEW DELHI, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whose government faces tough economic challenges, announced a new Cabinet with several younger ministers.

Ruling Congress party suffers poll setback

NEW DELHI, March 6 (UPI) -- India's ruling Congress Party Tuesday lost a crucial assembly election in the largest state, a key test of Rahul Gandhi's ability to lead the party.

Report: Gandhi, Modi may face off in India

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Rahul Gandhi, a Congress Party chief, and Gujarat state Chief Minister Narendra Modi may face off in the 2014 Indian election, a U.S. congressional report says.

Singh govt. ready to take reins again

NEW DELHI, May 17 (UPI) -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's coalition, with a decisive election win, readied to assume power again as stock markets poised for a big rally Monday.

Indian election victory for 2 Gandhis

NEW DELHI, May 16 (UPI) -- Rahul and Varun Gandhi, cousins from India's most prominent political family and now on opposite sides, were both winners in Saturday's vote count.

India: Islamists planned blasts in Mumbai

NEW DELHI, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- India says rebels conspired to trigger serial bomb blasts in four crowded areas in Mumbai, including the historic Gateway of India.

Analysis: Indian rebels target courts

NEW DELHI, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The bombings last month in Uttar Pradesh state by Islamist militants marks a shift in their strategy, moving from civilian targets to the judiciary.
KUSHAL JEENA, UPI Correspondent

Security heightened after blasts

LUCKNOW, India, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- India's major cities were on high security alert Saturday after near-simultaneous blasts in three towns reportedly killed 14 people.
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Rahul Gandhi (Hindi: राहुल गांधी ; born 19 June 1970) is an Indian politician and member of the parliament of India, representing the Amethi constituency. His political party is the Indian National Congress.

Rahul Gandhi was born in Delhi on 19 June 1970 as the first of the two children of Rajiv Gandhi, who later became the Prime Minister of India and Sonia Gandhi, who later became President of Indian National Congress, and as the grandson of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. He is also the great-grandson of India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Priyanka Vadra is his younger sister. His mother, Sonia Gandhi, is originally from Turin, Italy; his parents met in Cambridge, England where she was a student at Bell Educational Trust's language school and he, an engineering student at Trinity College. They married in New Delhi in 1968. Rajiv Gandhi later obtained a commercial pilot's license and was a pilot in Indian Airlines when Rahul was born.

Rahul Gandhi attended St. Columba's School, Delhi before entering The Doon School in Dehradun (Uttarakhand), also his father's alma mater, from 1981–83. Meanwhile, his father had joined politics and became the Prime Minister on October 31, 1984 when Indira Gandhi was assassinated. Due to the security threats faced by Indira Gandhi's family from Sikh extremists, Rahul Gandhi and his sister, Priyanka were home-schooled since then. Rahul Gandhi joined St. Stephen's College, Delhi in 1989 for his undergraduate education but moved to Harvard University after he completed the first year examinations. In 1991, after Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by LTTE during an election rally, he shifted to Rollins College due to security concerns and completed his B.A. in 1994. During this period, he assumed the pseudonym Raul Vinci and his identity was known only to the university officials and security agencies. He further went on to obtain a M.Phil from Trinity College, Cambridge University in 1995. After graduation, Rahul Gandhi worked at the Monitor Group, a management consulting firm, in London. In 2002 he was one of the directors of Mumbai-based technology outsourcing firm Backops Services Private Ltd.

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