Demand to bring Priyanka into party fold openly displayed on streets of Allahabad
Following the resounding defeat of the Congress at the hands of its arch-rival the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), there is clamour to bring Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.
In Allahabad posters reportedly seen urging the Congress president Sonia Gandhi to give way for her daughter to take charge of the party.
The BJP-led NDA secured an absolute majority in elections for the 16th Lok Sabha by claiming 336 seats. Of these, the BJP won in 282 seats. Among the other 15 parties in the coalition, only the SHS (19 seats) and the TDP (16) managed to achieve double digit figures.
In contrast, the Congress won just 44, its worst electoral performance since 1977.
Friday's result was the largest anti-incumbency vote in India's history. It was driven by a desire for change and anger against corruption and the sluggish economy fanned directly or indirectly by the Congress-led UPA regime, which was in power for a decade.
It also represented the people's hope for a better India under BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi.
(Posted on 19-05-2014)