Rahul Gandhi's sabbatical leads to baffled speculation

February 24, 2015 5:55 AM

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NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi, long expected to be the next leader of India's beleaguered Congress Party, threw political commentators into fits of baffled speculation Monday when party officials announced that he had requested a leave of absence because he wants time to think.

Gandhi, the party's vice president, asked the president - his mother, Sonia Gandhi - for three to four weeks off to "reflect upon recent events and the future course of the party," said Abishek Manu Singhvi, a party spokesman.

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