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> A returning challenger for India's popular Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Rahul Gandhi is set to take the reins of the opposition party from his mother Sonia within weeks, giving him one more chance to topple Modi's dominance. Gandhi’s the great grandson of India's Founding Prime Minister making him political royalty, but he struggled to convince voters, and even his own party, that he's leadership material.
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Now as Reuters
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] explains this year Gandhi may have a window to prove himself.>> For the first time Prime Minster Narendra Modi has been on a back foot. His government is being widely criticized for an economic slowdown. The timing seems to be perfect for the Rahul Gandhi to make an entry into Indian politics.
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In the next two months, a crucial state election in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state, Gujarat, could decide how Rahul Gandhi's performance works.>> In the last national vote, Modi cast Gandhi as an undeserving prince leaning on his family name, snd since then, Gandhi's Congress party has had some of its worst ever local election losses.
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Now he's back on the campaign trail, hitting Modi's traditional power base in his own backyard.>> Rahul Gandhi has been aggressively campaigning in Gujarat State. He has also expanded his social media presence, and has been meeting traders, business men who are extremely unhappy with the economic policies laid down by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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Modi's party insists that just few months of aggressive campaigning does not make Raul Gandhi a serious politician. However, political experts and analysts have told Reuters that this is a golden opportunity for Rahul Gandhi to be the face of the Indian opposition against Modi.>> Insiders admit the Congress party may not win December elections in Gujarat, but they hope cutting into Modi's majority will send a message to his BJP party.
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Mordy himself has taken notice, and warned last week that the Gandhi dynasty will destroy Gujarat, saying the latest economic downturn is just a blip.