Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has at last returned from his unknown foreign destination where he spent his holidays.
Soon after returning from the trip, he closeted with his mother Sonia Gandhi and other seniors and expressed his willingness to campaign for the party in Uttar Pradesh, his home state, to improve its prospects in the forthcoming elections likely to be held early 2017.
However, Sonia asked Rahul to keep away from UP, since he had proved a disaster in the last elections and the party cadre does not want him to step into the state. So, she asked him to shift his focus on southern states and rebuild the party there.
Sources said as part of his mother’s advice, Rahul would first target two Telugu states – Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and rebuild the Congress party there.
While the party is completely down in the dumps in AP, it is battling for life in Telangana. Rahul wants to chalk out a series of agitational programmes in these states to revive the party. But whether he would be able to succeed in his efforts is a million dollars question.