New Delhi: Congress party general secretary Rahul Gandhi launched his party’s campaign for crucial elections in Uttar Pradesh early next year by signalling that he may be ready to take on a more prominent role than hitherto.
“Kabhi kabhi mujhe lagta hai ki Lucknow aaoon aur aap ki ladai khud ladun (I sometimes feel I should go to Lucknow to fight for you myself),” he said on Monday.
This is the first time Gandhi has indicated that he may take on a constitutional post, having thus far rebuffed reports about prime ministerial ambitions.
A file photo of Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi.
By showing that he may be willing to become chief minister, Gandhi has also raised the political stakes for himself in a state where the Congress party is running third and is regarded as having little chance of winning the polls.
Gandhi chose Phulpur -- the constituency of Jawaharlal Nehru, his great grandfather and India’s first Prime Minister -- to launch the party’s campaign. He has been critical of the state’s Mayawati-led government over corruption and law and order.