|India’s Rahul a pretender in voter eyes
Only 14 percent of Indian voters believe Rahul Gandhi would make the best prime minister, a survey found, just days after his endorsement by outgoing Congress premier Manmohan Singh.
The survey for The Times of India found 58 percent of respondents want Narendra Modi, the candidate of the main nationalist opposition party in this year's general election, as PM, while 25 percent opted for the anti-corruption champion Arvind Kejriwal.
Gandhi, 43, is expected to be named at a party meeting on January 17 as Congress candidate for premier. The 81-year-old Singh confirmed last Friday that he would step down after the polls.
In a rare press conference, Singh said that Gandhi – whose father, grandmother and great-grandfather all served as prime minister – has “outstanding credentials'' to lead the world's largest democracy.
But the survey in India's eight largest cities, highlighted that Rahul failed to connect with voters.
While respondents were not directly asked which party they would vote for, the survey showed that 81 percent of voters want Kejriwal's fledgling Aam Aadmi party to contest all the seats.
Kejriwal was installed as chief minister of Delhi last month after Aam Aadmi's stunning showing in a state election there, in which Congress just won eight seats.