Unless something dramatic occurs, the Indian voter may be looking at one of these three for the top job in 2014: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Someone has to precipitate something for us to look at other contenders. It is possible but unlikely.
What do we know of these three? How do we judge them? Let’s take a look at them, starting with Rahul Gandhi today.
Rahul Gandhi, born 1970
Most likely to: Surprise the apolitical 45+ age group with deft touches and old school sincerity.
Least likely to: Revolutionise the Congress.
In Picture: A 2006 file photo shows Congress party supporters lifting Rahul Gandhi after party president Sonia Gandhi won the elections in Rae Bareli, India.
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