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Who's responsible for the total rout of the Congress in Lok Sabha polls?
On the one hand Indian general elections 2014 acknowledged a historic victory by the BJP riding on Modi wave and on the other hand the Congress suffered a historic defeat with just 44 seats and around 19% vote share. The defeat is so catastrophic that in many states it couldn't open account and in no state the party got double figure. The disastrous result even take away 'The leader of Opposition' right from the Congress as it couldn't get the 10% of total seats of Lok Sabha (minimum 55 seats).

Some Congress man read it as Modi style of packaging his brand or Modi wave responsible for such a defeat. This is half truth. Modi magic definitely worked in many part wiping the Congress out. But what happened to the Congress in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Odisha? Mamata, Jaya and Navin Patnaik too also routed Congress from their states. This means there was a strong Modi wave for BJP and NDA, along with there was also equally a strong wave against UPA in general and the Congress in particular!

Is Manmohan Singh responsible for such debacles as indirectly indicated by some of the Congress spokespersons? On a closer look one could realize that Manmohan Singh can never be blamed for Congress's worst performance. He was an accidental Prime Minister. But he performed very well during UPA-1. Some also feel that conditions were much better during UPA-1 than NDA period. That's why people have given verdict against the Manmohan-led UPA-2 government.

What happened then? As Congress's dynasty politics never allow any leaders to be a mass leader with growing stature, the coterie started clipping wings of Manmohan Singh. Sonia Gandhi intervened directly in to the governance fearing of Manmohan Singh's increased stature. The condition was so bad that for last three years Manmohan Singh became isolated, non-performing and indecisive due to excessive intervention from Sonia and Rahul added with disrespect from the fellow ministers. That gave rise to policy paralysis and virtually created a vacuum in the national governance.

Then on election front Rahul Gandhi completely failed to present himself as a mature leader. Both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi indulged in negative campaign, divisive vote bank politics, dolomonics and other cheap tricks. They couldn't realize the present mindsets of Indian voters who are not ready to fall in traps of such tricks of caste, creed, and religion divide. Public are for development, growth, livelihood etc. They also didn't like negative campaigns.

Result is Indian public taught a lesson to the Congress. Wherever they find BJP formidable, they voted BJP whole heartedly, wherever they found others formidable such as TMC, AIDMK and BJD, they voted them sweepingly.

Now it's time for introspection for the Congress. It's time for both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to step down and give the leadership to someone else preferably someone outside the family. I know this is quite impossible for the Congress. But it should be reminded that the Congress is facing survival crisis.

The Congress is not BJP or any other party which can bounce back after serious debacle. It's a family run party and could suffer more disasters as there are many other parties including new outfit like AAP are waiting to take over the space of the Congress. If not acted properly, the history of the Congress would end unceremoniously in next few years!

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