He is considered to be the prime minister-in-waiting by many, but a recent survey among students has shown that Rahul Gandhi is also the face India would like to see as the brand ambassador for the Commonwealth Games (CWG).
A whopping 72 per cent of those surveyed said they wanted the Gandhi scion to be the brand ambassador for the CWG. The survey was conducted by the Associated Chambers for Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) among 10,000 students in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Dehradun, Jaipur, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Kolkata and Bhubaneswar.
It revealed that Sachin Tendulkar (64 per cent) is the nation’s second choice to be the face of the CWG 2010, followed by Aamir Khan (56 per cent) and A R Rahman (42 per cent). The options among the different categories included politicians, bollywood stars, sportspersons and other public icons, who majorly influence the common man.
Seventy-two per cent of the respondents said Gandhi was the most honest and trustworthy youth leader, and that he had instilled confidence in the youth. Sachin Pilot, minister of state for communications and infotech, got 14 per cent, while Jyotiraditya Scindia, minister of state for commerce and industry and Congress MP Jitin Prasada polled six per cent of the votes each.
Among the sportspersons, Sachin Tendulkar (64 per cent) topped the list followed by Saina Nehwal (20 per cent), Viswanathan Anand (18 per cent) and Abhinav Bindra (six per cent).
Actor Aamir Khan polled 56 per cent of votes from the film industry, followed by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.