Rahul Gandhi


Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi was born on 19 June 1970 is an Indian politician. The child of Sonia and Rajiv Gandhi, he is the President of the Indian National Congress and serves such additional offices as the Chairperson of the Indian Youth Congress and the National Students Union of India. A person of the Indian Parliament, Gandhi represents the constituency of Amethi, Uttar Pradesh in the 16th Lok Sabha.

Personal life and family

He is the first of the two children of the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. His mother, Sonia Gandhi, originally hails from Italy and now has an Indian citizenship. His younger sister, Priyanka Vadra, is married to Robert Vadra who is a businessman. Rahul Gandhi’s starting schooling was in St. Columba’s School in Delhi. After, from 1981 to 1983, he studied in The Doon School in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

Gandhi attended St. Columba’s School, Delhi before getting in The Doon School in Dehradun, Uttarakhand from 1981 to 1983. Meantime, his father had joined politics and became the Prime Minister on 31 October 1984 when Indira Gandhi was assassinated. Because of the security threats faced by Indira Gandhi’s family from Sikh extremists, Rahul Gandhi, and his sister, Priyanka was home-schooled thereafter.Rahul joined St. Stephen’s College, Delhi in 1989 for his undergraduate education but moved to Harvard University after he completed the first year examinations.

After graduation, Rahul Gandhi served at the Monitor Group, a management consulting firm, in London. In 2002, he was one of the directors of Mumbai-based technology outsourcing firm Backops Services Private Ltd. While in 2004, Rahul had told the press that he had a Spanish girlfriend, an architect, living in Venezuela, whom he had met while studying in England. In 2013, Rahul suggested that he may not get married.

Political career

In 2004, he was chosen to the Lok Sabha from the constituency of Amethi. Rahul Gandhi started helping his mother, Sonia Gandhi, to different public events and Congress party meetings. In 2006, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra managed the election campaigning for their mother Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli, which she won. Rahul Gandhi was a major party figure who campaigned in the 2007 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

In September 2007, he became the General Secretary of the Indian Youth Congress and also of National Students’ Union of Country. In his hard work to reform youth politics in November 2008, he conducted interviews at his residence in New Delhi to select at least 40 people to form the think-tank of the Indian Youth Congress (IYC).

The Indian Youth Congress (IYC) and National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), under his path, have seen a substantial increase in members from 2,00,000 to 25,00,000. Rahul Gandhi kept his seat in the constituency of Amethi in 2009 Lok Sabha elections. He was acknowledged as a contributor in the revival of Congress party in Uttar Pradesh where the party won 20 Lok Sabha seats out of 80. In six weeks he had traveled across the nation and given a speech at 125 rallies.

Rahul Gandhi was arrested on 11 May 2011 in Bhatta Parsaul village by the Uttar Pradesh police for helping flustered farmers who were asking for more compensation against the acquisition of their land for a highway project. In the 2012 Assembly elections, he campaigned in Uttar Pradesh for almost two months, holding 200 rallies. Congress won 28 seats in the state, which is 6 seats more compared with the 2007 elections. However, the party got the fourth position in the state.

Rahul Gandhi and his sister Priyanka Vadra visited Pakistan on a goodwill visit to watch the first cricket series between India and Pakistan in 14 years. On 19 January 2013, Rahul Gandhi was selected the Congress Vice President in a party conclave of the All India Congress Committee in Jaipur. Formally, he is ranked second in the party after his mother, Sonia Gandhi, who is the party president.

To everyone’s knowledge, on 27 September 2013, Rahul Gandhi openly criticized Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his government for coming out with an ordinance to revoke the effect of the order passed by the Supreme Court of India which states that convicted criminals could not contest elections. Rahul Gandhi won from Amethi constituency in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. However, the Congress party suffered its massive defeat that year. In 2016, the RSS filed a defamation suit against Rahul Gandhi for claiming that the former killed Mahatma Gandhi. As on 2 September 2016, Rahul has explained that he stands by his remark and will fight his case in court.

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