- The Congress’s return to power in 2009 was seen as validation of the grand old party’s ability to attract allies, but it is increasingly toxic
- In just last six months, four parties—Trinamool, DMK, Majlis, JVM—have deserted Congress. Ten parties have left UPA since 2004.
- Even like-minded potential allies like Samajwadi Party are beginning to view the Congress with circumspection, at least in public
- Confusion over UPA leadership, caused primarily by Rahul Gandhi’s poll record and reluctance for top job, have confounded matters
- Digvijay Singh’s comments on the failure of “two power centres” is seen as an unspoken bid to undercut rival P. Chidambaram’s emergence as contender
- Manmohan Singh’s dismissal as “hypothetical” the possibility of a third term as PM could be further proof of Rahul Gandhi’s no-show
- Janardhan Dwivedi’s reassertion of utility of...