What is important now is where Congress goes under Sonia, who first became party president in 1998 and held the post for 19 years until December 2017, making her the longest-serving president in Congress' history.
Former bureaucrat, Wajahat Habibullah warns that the law and order situation in the Valley, after central government's move on Article 370, could spiral out of control when curfew is lifted in Kashmir.
The BJP, having finally succeeded with its Operation Lotus in the Karnataka Assembly – the means for this victory being inconsequential now – is bound to make strident efforts to topple the Kamal Nath and Ashok Gehlot regimes in M.P and Rajasthan now.
Gandhi’s four-page statement has harsh words for the BJP-RSS combine which decimated the Congress at the recent hustings but, more importantly, there is also veiled criticism of the affairs within his own party.
Sonia Gandhi's biggest challenge will be to strike a quick balance between the ego of veteran leaders and the aspirations of youngsters as Assembly elections in Haryana, Maharashtra and Jharkhand approach
Whether Rahul Gandhi stays on as Congress president or goes may yet be a tough question to answer but Congress sources say Sonia Gandhi is again the leader to watch out for. The future course of the party, insiders say, will be chalked out by her.
Barring notable exceptions like ex-Trinamool leader Mukul Roy or former Congressman Himanta Biswa Sarma, several top politicians like SM Krishna and Daggubati Purandeswari have been shunted by Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo