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Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 11:32
Gandhi family faces threat to party leadership: Modi
By Xinhua

Gandhi family faces threat to party leadership: Modi
Indian opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate and Chief Minister of the western state of Gujarat Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Asansol, around 240 kms north west of Kolkata on May 4, 2014. (AFP)

NEW DELHI - Narendra Modi of India's major opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has reportedly said Nehru- Gandhi family could face a serious threat to their leadership of the ruling Congress party.

Modi, BJP's prime ministerial candidates, told the Times of India in an interview that the Congress party is unlikely to get more than 100 parliament seats in the general elections.

"The fight is now for the relevance of the Gandhi family as unquestioned leaders of Congress party," the newspaper, published Tuesday, quoted Modi as saying.

"I see all possibility of Congress falling below 100 seats, and if that happens, there will be a serious churning within the Congress party over the issue of leadership," Modi said.

When asked about the possibility of younger sister Priyanka replacing Nehru-Gandhi scion Rahul Gandhi, Modi said, "It is for the Congress to take these decisions post the election results. However, it seems odd that a national party like the Congress should not be able to think beyond the Gandhi family."

India is in the midst of general elections, which began on April 7 and will end on May 12, with results due to be announced on May 16.

Opinion polls have suggested that the BJP will form the next government, with Modi as the prime minister.

The ruling Congress party is facing criticism due to its inability to tackle corruption and inflation.

 
 
 
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