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Election fever is on the rise in the states of Maharashtra and Haryana, which go to polls on 21 October. For the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have been on the campaign trail. Curiously, though, for the Congress party, it’s Rahul Gandhi who is leading the charge. In recent speeches, he has lambasted the government for its allegedly poor economic management, invoked the Rafale deal, and attacked the Centre for what he portrayed as neglect of the poor, attention from whom, he argued, was being diverted by such things as the country’s moon mission.

All this strikes curiosity. Just the other day, senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid had remarked that Gandhi had “walking away" from the party, referring to his resignation as party president after the defeat in this summer’s general election.

Well, that certainly no longer seems the case. Not only is Gandhi in the thick of the current campaign, the tone he sets is likely to be what all party workers adopt. To party insiders, this may not be a big surprise. After he resigned, after all, large numbers of Congress men and women had pleaded with him to stay on as party chief. He was adamant, though, and Sonia Gandhi took charge as interim president. Right now, it is Rahul Gandhi again who seems to be in charge. Might he soon be back as the top Congress leader? It would be premature to make any such assumption, but that is what it looks like, and increasingly will as the election season picks up—unless there is word on an internal election, with a candidate list put out.

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