The Congress party leadership is counting on the popularity of Rahul Gandhi to propel its party to victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, a key objective in a political landscape where the Congress is facing growing losses in a nationwide survey.
The party’s victory is the culmination of a five-year effort by the party to rebuild its fortunes after a wave of anti-incumbency, which has swept the country in recent years.
The BJP’s win in the 2016 election is a different matter, and has been viewed as a test of Rahul’s leadership abilities.
Rahul has been in power for just over a year and is in his second term in office, and is considered the most powerful political leader in the country.
The Congress has tried to take advantage of the party’s post-Congress days, with some key reforms.
The most significant of these was the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax, which the party is now pushing for in the forthcoming budget, in which it will raise its revenue.
“Rahul’s political acumen is crucial,” said Ajay Singh, an analyst with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
“He has done an excellent job of getting the party out of its current malaise.
The idea of taking a risk on him, with this election, is very appealing to the voters.”
The Congress will win around 40 seats out of a total of 182 seats, making it the second-largest party in the Lok Sabha.
The ruling party, which holds 32 seats in the Rajya Sabha, will get around 40 per cent of the vote in the 2019 general elections.
A majority of the Congress members, and around 80 per cent in rural and backward areas, are likely to vote for the BJP.
The other parties have lost ground in the last two elections, and are now likely to lose support, analysts said.
The elections are likely at the tail end of the legislative session, which begins on October 1.
If the Congress loses seats in 2019, it will face a difficult time in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
“It is a major test for Rahul,” said Arvind Panagariya, a former chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“The Congress has been able to mobilise its cadre, build a brand and build a base, and it will be very hard for the Congress to lose.”
Rahul’s popularity is in a unique place.
His political style is very different from the BJP, which is seen as an authoritarian party that is intolerant of dissent.
Rahul’s election strategy has been to win support for his policies from rural areas, especially in rural areas where he is seen to be very popular.
His supporters, known as “Rakshaks,” are often seen with their faces covered in black masks and holding a large banner.
The movement is considered by the BJP as an attempt to break the caste and religious divide, and the Congress’ strategy has included a nationwide campaign to woo the party vote.
The Rakhigarh, a predominantly Muslim area of Gujarat, was among the key battlegrounds for the 2016 general elections, where Rahul, who was then the Congress chief minister, led his party to a narrow victory.
However, the BJP is likely to be seen as the beneficiary of this strategy.
The recent election results in the state have raised doubts about Rahul’s ability to form a coalition with the BJP in 2019.
According to the Centre, the ruling party’s alliance with the Rakhilas has not strengthened as a result of the election results.
In a poll conducted in the northeastern state of Haryana, conducted by a leading pollster, the Raksas voted for the Bharat Ratna, the highest honour in India.
According a survey conducted in 2019 by the pollsters Ipsos, the party received just 13 per cent support in the region, and only 8 per cent among the rural and rural-outcast population.
The poll showed that the Rakesas support was the lowest in the entire country.
This is also reflected in the polling results for the 2019 Lok Pal Sabha election.
The 2019 elections were held in states such as Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Odisha.
While the BJP has already made several gains in states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in the past few years, the Congress has struggled in states with more diverse electorates such as Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Telangana.
According the CSIS, the main reason for the poor showing by the Congress in 2019 was the poor response from the Rakshak movement.
The results of the poll were not known as it was conducted after the elections.
But the results have led some analysts to conclude that the party failed to mobilize its support in these states.