Elected to Parliament from Kerala's Wayanad, Gandhi had also contested from his family borough of Uttar Pradesh's Amethi but faced defeat at the hands of BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani by a margin of over 55,000 votes.
Over the past few days, several media reports have suggested that Praveen Chakravarty provided fake surveys and cooked up data to Rahul Gandhi to give an impression that the Congress was set for a massive resurgence in the Lok Sabha polls.
All pre-election talk of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah being cut down to size evaporated after the Lok Sabha elections were declared. But BJP's confidence to win majority on its own was backed by genius of a strategy, writes Anirban Ganguly
The Mahagathbandhan among Samajwadi Party, BSP, RLD and Congress only focused on their core supporters, forgetting to mobile the entire electorate. BJP clearly rode the national security wave and gained from the Opposition's choice of a clear PM candidate
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.