As the fifth phase of polls culminate, a skirmish continues between Mayawati, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and head of the Bahujan Samaj Party, and Rahul Gandhi, Congress party leader, heir-apparent to the prime minister’s chair and scion of the Gandhi-Nehru family. Rahul is the son of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1991, and Sonia Gandhi, the head of the Congress party. Mayawati and Gandhi are fighting for leadership of India’s most electorally lucrative state against a backdrop of graft that has rocked the foundations of the nation’s Congress party-led ruling coalition.
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