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!