Rahul Gandhi will take the reins of the opposition party of the Indian Congress from his mother Sonia Gandhi, who led the organization for two decades.
The sixth person in the Nehru-Gandhi family leads the party, Gandhi's elevation comes before the next poll in Gujarat's home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi this month and the national elections in 2019.
Although its campaign in 2014 led to the worst defeat in Congress, the party is expected to present it as their candidate for first place. Minister in 2019. Lately, Gandhi has become more active in social networks and is making a tough campaign against Modi in Gujarat.
"It was inevitable since no one but a Gandhi can head the Congress party," said Arati Jerath, New Delhi author and political badyst. "After the 2014 debacle and the chain of electoral defeats of the badembly, the biggest challenge for Rahul is to create a solid organization that can win elections, unless it addresses this issue, Congress will be extinguished."
The Congress party was led by his great-great-grandfather, Motilal Nehru, a century ago and his father, grandmother and great-grandfather were all prime ministers in India.
Gandhi had rejected requests to join the government during the 10 years of Manmohan Singh's rule began in 2004. He maintained a low profile giving fewer parliamentary speeches than other party leaders and devoting time to developing party organization .
Your challenge now is to improve the prospects of the oldest political party in India that controls only six of the 29 states of India, compared to 15 in 2013. Modi's Bharatiya Janata party is in power in 18 states along with your allies.
In recognition of Modi's economic policies, Moody & s Investors Service upgraded the country's rating to its highest level last month, while the Pew Research Center said the prime minister remains a popular leader . He left Gandhi with a difficult path ahead.
Gandhi's elevation "reflects the changing structure of power and strategy within the Congress party," in which leaders at the state level are empowered to make decisions, said Sandeep Shastri, a political scientist and activist. Vice Chancellor of the Jain University of Bengaluru. "If this structure and strategy will work, only time will tell."