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December 29, 1983

New Delhi

Mrs. Gandhi prompting son toward high office?

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Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's ruling Congress (I) Party met Wednesday amid speculation that her son would move a step closer to becoming India's next leader.

The four-day assembly in Calcutta of the Indian National Congress, the official name of the ruling party, comes a year before the January 1985 deadline for elections ending Mrs. Gandhi's five-year term.

Political analysts say Mrs. Gandhi is grooming her son, Rajiv, 39, to take over the prime minister post. Observers say the streets of Calcutta have sprouted pictures of the prime minister and her son together.