Gandhi declines leadership of India
Updated: 2004-05-18 23:59
Sonia Gandhi speaks to the
media at President House after she met with Indian President A. P. J.
Abdul Kalam in New Delhi May 18, 2004. Gandhi said she would "humbly
decline" to be the next prime minister of India, a decision that followed
Hindu nationalist outrage over the prospect of a foreign-born woman at the
helm of the nation. [Reuters]
Manmohan Singh (L) and
Pranab Mukherjee, Congress party leaders, address newsmen at Sonia
Gandhi's residence after meeting leaders of allied parties in New Delhi
May 17, 2004. All bets have now been placed on Singh as the new Congress
candidate for prime minister.