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Isn't Rahul Gandhi gradually becoming an absolute liability for Congress?
On 15th October, 2016, Congress MLAs from Odisha headed by opposition leader Narasingha Mishra met with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in order to appraise him on some grievances. As per reports, Rahul Gandhi didn't listen to them and rather started blasting them from the moment he entered the room.

Senior Congress leaders from Odisha couldn't tolerate such misbehaviour from the party's vice-president. Thus, there were rumours that the 16-member team of Congress MLAs was mulling to leave the party.

Getting news of an apparent revolt, it is learnt that Rahul Gandhi called them back to pacify them. But as per sources, the aggrieved Congress MLAs are not satisfied and might declare a rebellion in the near future.

It's not for the first time that Rahul Gandhi's behaviour has made old and loyal Congress members to revolt. One can reflect upon what had happened in Assam after Himanta Biswa Sarma left Congress and joined BJP, ensuring a loss for Congress in the state. If MLAs of Arunachal Pradesh as a whole had left Congress, it was only due to their objections with the party's vice-president. The same sort of dissatisfaction and near-revolt situation is visible in both Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

Let's see UPs example. Frankly speaking, Congress was way ahead of all the other parties when it declared Sheila Dikshit as UP CMs face. Then, Rahul Gandhi took up aggressive campaigning in the state with his innovative khat-panchayat style rallies, but after the end of his campaign, no pollster is now ready to give Congress more than 10 seats in opinion polls for the upcoming UP Assembly elections. Most interestingly, no other party has yet started campaigning in UP in right earnest. Doesn't it prove that the more Rahul Gandhi campaigns, the more it damages Congress's prospects?

That's why perhaps, many observe that Rahul Gandhi is the lucky mascot for Narendra Modi. What Narendra Modi couldn't do for BJP's poll prospects in UP, Rahul Gandhi did. The condition of UP state Congress is such that according to sources, veteran leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi is mulling to switch sides from Congress to BJP. Many others may also follow soon.

In Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh has taken the lead in Congress's campaign and by all accounts the party is leading and most probably will form the next government there. The point to be noted here is that Amarindar Singh never wanted Rahul Gandhi's interference in his campaign. It was Sonia Gandhi who ensured that Amarinder Singh became the CM face for Congress in Punjab.

Amarinder Singh will be wishing Rahul Gandhi doesn't campaign for the party in Punjab because it could dent Congress's chances, giving and edge to the Aam Aadmi Party in the state Assembly elections. It is yet to be seen whether Sonia Gandhi interferes in stopping Rahul Gandhi from campaigning in Punjab. Rahul Gandhi's 'khoon ki dalali' comment has already done serious damage to Congress's reputation and in Punjab where a majority of defence families reside, such comments will resonate further to haunt the party immensely.

The point is simple, Rahul Gandhi has gradually consolidated himself into a liability for Congress. Sonia Gandhi had done a wonderful job in bringing back Congress to power in 2003. Rahul Gandhi appears to lack the very quality to unite the Congress and infuse motivation among party workers. Narendra Modi might or might not be able to make a 'Congress mukta Bharat' but it appears that Rahul Gandhi is hell bent upon fulfilling his wish.

Is Sonia Gandhi listening or she too has become helpless now?

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