Rahul Gandhi, the President of Indian National Congress lost the Amethi constituency in the recently concluded 2019 Lok Sabha polls to Bharatiya Janata Party Candidate Smriti Irani. But he won from the Wayanad constituency in Kerala in which he contested simultaneously.
Scion of what is called “first family” of Congress party Rahul Gandhi spent his childhood in Delhi and Dehradun. St. Columba’s School in New Delhi is his first alma mater, where he saw his initial years of schooling. In 1981 he shifted to Dehradun and enrolled in Doon School. His father Rjiv Gandhi had studied there. But due to security reasons, threat perception to the family after his grandmother Indira Gandhi, then Prime Minister had ordered Operation Bluestar, Rahul had to leave formal schooling process and have tutors till he was through Board examinations.
In the year 1984 his grandmother Indira Gandhi, who was at that time the Prime Minister of India, was assassinated by her body guards. After her death Rahul Gandhi’s father, Rajiv Gandhi became the Prime Minister on 31 of October, 1984. He went to St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi for his undergraduate studies before moving to Harvard University in the United States of America.
In 1991, Rahul Gandhi lost his father Rajiv Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, to an assassination plot in the state of Tamil Nadu by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a Sri Lankan terror outfit. Soon Rahul Gandhi was shifted to Rollins College in Florida due to security threat.
He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1994 from Rollins college.
Rahul Gandhi completed his M. Phil from the Trinity College, Cambridge in the year 1995 after which he joined Monitor Group, a management consulting firm based out of London. Returning to India Rahul Gandhi set up his own technology consultancy in Mumbai.
The turning point in his career came in the year 2004 when he decided to contest parliamentary elections as a Congress party candidate following in the footsteps of his family elders. He contested from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, a constituency from that had earlier elected his uncle Sanjay Gandhi, father Rajiv Gandhi and mother Sonia Gandhi.
Even as his party led United Progressive Alliance co-alition government from the year 2004 to 2014, Rahul Gandhi exerted his efforts to strengthen Congress’s student wing National Students Union of India and youth wing Indian National Youth Congress.
In 2013 Rahul Gandhi was elected the Vice-President of the Congress party and took the mantle of lead campaigner for the party in 2014 parliamentary elections. But the Congress suffered a humiliating defeat, its number reduced to lowest ever 42 in 542 member Lok Sabha.
In 2017 he became the President of the Congress party. He had a mixed start, the Congress managing to snatch three states Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh from BJP but badly losing 2019 parliamentary election. He lost election from Amethi. For the second time in row the Congress couldn’t get prescribed 10 percent seats to get status of opposition party in Lok Sabha and get the post of Leader of Opposition.
Rahul Gandhi had appointed his Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as general secretary of Congress party. His mother Sonia Gandhi is patron of Congress party.
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