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Heir to India's Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty to lead campaign ahead of national elections

India’s ruling Congress party President Sonia Gandhi, third from left, Vice President Rahul Gandhi, third from right, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, center, are presented with a huge floral garland at an All India Congress Committee (AICC) meet in New Delhi, India, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. Members of the Congress party erupted in rapturous applause Friday for Rahul Gandhi, heir to the country's Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, who is leading the struggling party's campaign in a general election in May. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
January 16, 2014 - 9:31 PM

NEW DELHI - 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 manoeuvr 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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