This week, Outlook asks on its cover whether Priyanka Gandhi Vadra can save the Congress.
Ten years back, Anita Pratap, our then columnist, who now happens to be the Aam Aadmi Party's candidate for Lok Sabha from Ernakulum in Kerala, had almsot presciently asked: If it had to be a Nehru-Gandhi, why Rahul and not Priyanka? She was the better bet.
In yet another irony, while the latest nation-wide opinion poll by NDTV predicts 275 seats for the NDA, it is perhaps time to recall an Outlook cover of April 26, 2004.
I think you want to believe that history will repeat itself more than anyone else. The inner Congressi in me wants to believe just that.
You are only endorsing the points I have made!
RV Subramaniam >> Even if at a particular point of time the predictions come closer to actual, the limitations cannot be shaken off
Do you know that the CONgress party in 2004 secured just about the same % of votes that the opinion polls predicted they will secure ?
It is only in seats tally that the party did much better and that was because of the smart alliances with KCR, DMK , Laloo Yadav..
Ditto in 2009, CONgress got 28% popular vote and most opinion polls were predicting that.. smart division of non cong votes in Maha, AP and TN helped them to convert more of the votes into seats..
Let us argue for moment that Modi wave is hype and there is no disgust against the UPA Rule..
Still where are the smart alliances for the party?
The only places they stitched a meaningful alliance is in Bihar and they are continuing in Maha. UPA is only existing in Bihar, Maha and Kashmir. Elsewhere, CONgress is orphaned...