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Rahul Gandhi to play 'proactive role'

Rahul Gandhi yesterday broke his longheld silence on his political future, saying he plans to take a higher profile both in the party and the government.

NEW DELHI // Rahul Gandhi yesterday broke his longheld silence on his political future, saying he plans to take a higher profile both in the party and the government.

"I will play more proactive role in the party and the government. The decision has been taken, the timing is up to the leadership," Mr Gandhi told NDTV after voting for presidential election.

Janardan Dwivedi, a Congress party spokesman, said Mr Gandhi was set to play number two position in the party. "In the future, his role would be after Congress president. That is clear," Mr Dwivedi said.

Yesterday was the first time Mr Gandhi has spoken about the possibility of joining the government or taking up a bigger role in Congress as the party prepares for a string of state elections and the Lok Sabha elections.