India's Reluctant Political 'prince', Rahul Gandhi, Returns From Vacation

Indian politician Rahul Gandhi returned on Thursday from a mysterious eight-week break in an undisclosed location that had prompted ridicule and questions from colleagues about his fitness to lead the opposition Congress party back to power.
Gandhi's car rolled into the driveway of his colonial-era bungalow on a leafy New Delhi lane. The shy parliamentarian was barely visible behind darkened windows, but a senior party leader waiting at the house confirmed he had arrived.
A few supporters let off firecrackers outside the Congress head office, but the celebrations were overshadowed by an outpouring of biting satire on Twitter, where #RahulReturns was India's top trend.
Gandhi's father and grandmother both served as prime ministers and were both assassinated, and Congress cites safety as a reason for being coy about his movements.
However, a home ministry official said that during the trip which began in February, he traveled without his usual elite security detail.
Several Indian media outlets reported he spent his leave in southeast Asia.



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