India’s Rahul Gandhi takes on the Modi juggernaut

New Delhi, India (CNN)He is the heir apparent to India’s most powerful political dynasty. But over the next few months, Rahul Gandhi will face an uphill battle in the country’s general election campaign.

The 48-year-old was born into the Nehru-Gandhi family, whose legacy is intertwined with an independent and democratic India. He is also president of the India National Congress — the main opposition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Gandhi was a reluctant leader but has lately exceeded expectations, with his party winning key state elections late last year. Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh had been controlled for years by the BJP and the victories there were a significant boost for a party which had been decimated in the last national election.

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