All eyes, of course, will be on Congress president Rahul Gandhi. On Thursday, as trends for the Lok Sabha polls showed a landslide win for the Narendra Modi-led BJP, the Gandhi scion accepted responsibility for party’s decimation.
In a dual role as a candidate from Guna in Madhya Pradesh and party in-charge of Western Uttar Pradesh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, a close ally of Rahul Gandhi, talks about 2019 election strategies and what's next for the Congress in its fight against the BJP.
Rahul Gandhi has acquiesced to a demand that emanated out of petty infighting in the Kerala unit of the Congress -- Wayanad is not a constituency chosen out of some coherent strategy. And the deeper problem: it also pits the Congress against the Left. That's confused signalling.
The way the Congress party handled the selection of new Chief Ministers for the Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, it suggests that the 'high command' culture in the party may have given way to more inner-party democracy. The same cannot be said for the BJP.