Elections are, in a real sense, about groups. Population segments, parties, caucuses, ticket-seekers, armies of worker ants on the ground…all of it has a collective nature. But sometimes the essential idea of a contest is given flesh to—incarnated—by personages. Faces stand in for ideas: people find them easier to relate to. As the 2019 Lok Sabha elections draw nearer, the battlelines are slowly morphing from shapeless, confused squiggles into something more cogent and compelling. If the dramatic faceoff between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi during the no-confidence motion debate set the tone, the aggressive pitch made by the Congress Working Committee (CWC) to take pole position among the Opposition was its validation.