Sonia Gandhi Back At Alliance Power Play - What It Reveals

So it was the Congress party that blinked first. Scaling back prime ministerial ambitions for Rahul Gandhi, the party began its morning with a public message to partners saying "The Congress has no issues if it does not get the PM post". The announcement was made by veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad at an early morning presser.
The white flag before the final phase of voting indicates a re-think in the highest rungs of the party - most of which are occupied by Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia and sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

This is an important first step to find new partners in the league of the opposition and it comes just days after southern heavyweight KCR met with DMK chief MK Stalin to discuss who will tie up with whom after the election results are announced in a week from now. Other opposition leaders such as BSP chief Mayawati have abandoned any coyness about their own ambitions for the top job. Mayawati has talked about which constituency she may contest if she has to be appointed PM. Mamata Banerjee and her party have repeatedly said they have at no point signed up to Stalin's suggestion of Rahul Gandhi for PM. And as KCR tried to supposedly lure Stalin away from his tie-up with the Congress and into a Third Front bloc, it seems to have finally dawned on the Congress that its own revival, aggressively being pursued by the Gandhi siblings in states like UP - can wait; survival is at stake if it does not play its part in stopping the Modi juggernaut.

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