Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections starting on Feb 8 are not only a test for the scam-tainted Congress, but are also widely seen as a defining moment for party president Sonia Gandhis son, Rahul. Rahul, youngish at 41, has campaigned hard in Uttar Pradesh, whose importance lies in the huge number of members it sends to Parliament. The campaign ended yesterday.
The Congress looks at the outcome of the elections as some sort of do-or-die battle, given the battering the partys public image has taken in recent times. The ugly Commonwealth and the 2 G telecom spectrum corruption cases have sullied the reputation of many leaders, both in the Congress and among its allies at the federal level.