New Delhi: Congress will hold a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the poll debacle in the four state. Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are expected to attend the meeting at around 11 am. Performance of Congress, which had banked on the charisma and aggressive campaigning by Rahul Gandhi, was dismal in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
The outcome of the Assembly polls in five states could be a major factor in influencing the Congress actions in the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Political observers believe that the first casualty could be any talk of making Rahul Gandhi the Prime Minister before the Parliamentary polls. A better showing by Congress in UP like a win in at least about 100 seats could have
encouraged talk of a larger role for Rahul. On the contrary, they believe that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could breath easy unless the party wants a change of horse midstream around the time of the Presidential elections due in July.
But still a major challenge that the UPA Government could face will be on the front of the economic reforms which already had suffered in UPA-II. Trinamool Congress, the second largest constituent of the UPA after Congress, has already been acting pricey and was the main factor in the government's decision to put on hold the FDI in retail sector.
(With additional inputs from PTI)