Typical of his self-effacing temperament, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, the man who could be sitting in the front row of treasury benches one day, chose to be a backbencher as the first session of the newly-elected 15th Lok Sabha commenced on Monday.
But though as he tried to avoid the spotlight, the 38-year-old Gandhi-Nehru scion, dressed in a starched white kurta pyjama, could not succeed in fobbing off fawning party leaders and an intrusive media. Almost every Congress MP made it a point to genuflect before the man who could be king tomorrow and chat up with him.
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Image: Congress MPs Rahul Gandhi and Jitin Prasada during the first day of first session of 15th Lok Sabha session in New Delhi on Monday, June 1, 2009.