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Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India’s most fabled political dynasty, will within weeks be crowned leader of the Congress party, handing him a freer rein to prove if he can mount a credible challenge to the dominance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The great-grandson of India’s founding prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, has struggled to convince voters — and many in his party — that he is leadership material, especially after a drubbing in the 2014 general election.

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