Sad Congress lost UP despite Rahul! Are you surprised, not me? Rahul did his best, I can't blame him. We must know it is a vote against corruption of Congress and Mayawati. It's vote against the Congress for the way they dealt with Anna, it is against the recent conspiracy hatched by Congress and BJP together to undermine and defeat the Lokpal Bill in the Parliament. Rahul is the victim of this conspiracy despite his best intention. Rahul also paying the price for his biggest blunder by talking rubbish against Anna and his movement at the crucial time and which has really sallied his good name (see my comments posted on 26/8/11 - he said at that time, Anna is seeking to subvert Parliamentary democracy) which in fact had surprised me at that time. People in UP have not forgotten this conduct of Rahul. Remember, however ignorant and misled our public at large are by the machinations of politicians, one thing is clear, they are all against corruption and are unanimous on this issue. UP preferred Akhilesh to Rahul, because at the moment he is the better hope than Rahul in UP, despite many sins committed by his father Mulayam.
Lesson should be clear for Rahul. There is no need for him to be devastated at the moment, it is his own making. This is a state election where local party and local politics dominate unfortunately. If he wants to succeed as a national leader, it is simple, support whole-heartedly Anna and his crusade against corruption and give a categorical promise to the nation that Congress will weed out corruption within a short time regardless of dishonest allies of UPA. If allies of UPA fail to support Congress, they will be asked them to leave the alliance and ready to go for general election. It is foolishness on the part of Manmohan Singh and Rahul to continue the current UPA alliance without any objective except the objective of supporting the corrupt politicians surrounding them or their inability to stand up to what they believe right on the issue of corruption. They should realize that there is a huge trust deficit in the minds of the public for Congress solely on account on of corruption.
I wish Rahul good luck and also to Akhilesh, as they are our future hopes.