Though the demand of bringing Priyanka to active politics has subsisted for a while now, with the estimable and unpredictable victory of the BJP, along with Amit Shah as the new president, tensions have crossed every border.
There can be two possibilities now. Either the leaders of Congress, who are for the time being shattered and nervous about their political career, should remember the miracle produced by Rajiv Gandhi in 1985 with over 400 Lok Sabha seats and that too at the time when all other political groups were not even considering this untried young leader in the race.
Sonia Gandhi in 2004 gave the Congress leaders a moment to cheer when they weren't at all anticipating win. The legacy of the Gandhi family subsisted even prior to these incidents, for instance the crucial role of Indira Gandhi in 1971 and Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru in realizing the nerves of the Indian society.
In case the INC has honestly sensed the ache of downfall, looking beyond the Gandhi family is not completely out of the picture. Though when you remember the 2004 incident when most of the Congressmen were in tears and were almost begging for Sonia to accept the office of the PM this proposal appears quite awkward. And then you have the concern of forming consensus on names which do not carry the substantial 'Gandhi' surname.
Another problematic fact is the superfluous reliance and conviction of the senior Congress leaders towards just the Gandhi family. If the leaders are able to overcome all these, a new avatar of Congress can be seen soon.
In between the above two conditions is the current milieu wherein disorganized and depressed Congressmen are just foreseeing future setbacks with least hopes to recover. Priyanka Gandhi is many a time paralleled with the persona of Indira Gandhi; however real competence is not yet known. And then the probable ego clash between the unaccepted brother and over-appreciated sister cannot also be overlooked.
Indeed, this is a tough time for the family, leaders, and party followers. To think beyond visible prospects, to take unusual decisions, and to manage risk, one needs extraordinary will and vision. Take a lesson from the BJP as to how to rely on your wits.