NEW DELHI, March 6 � The outcome of the Assembly polls in five states, especially the dismal performance in Uttar Pradesh where Rahul Gandhi led a spirited campaign, could be a major factor in influencing the Congress actions in the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, reports PTI.
Political observers believe that the first casualty could be any talk of making Rahul Gandhi the Prime Minister before the Parliamentary polls. A better showing by Congress in U P like a win in at least about 100 seats could have encouraged talk of a larger role for Rahul.
On the contrary, they believe that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could breath easy unless the party wants a change of horse midstream around the time of the Presidential elections due in July.
But still a major challenge that the UPA Government could face will be on the front of the economic reforms which already had suffered in UPA-II.
Trinamool Congress, the second largest constituent of the UPA after Congress, has already been acting pricey and was the main factor in the government�s decision to put on hold the FDI in retail sector.