Since Rahul Gandhi joined politics in 2004, his biggest ambition has been to revive the party’s fortunes in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous and politically important state.
The Congress party’s rainbow coalition used to contain the extremes of Brahmins, Dalits and Muslims, leaving out the peasant OBCs. The OBCs have never been Congress voters. The OBC communities, the socialist parties and politicians who have represented, and their anti-Congressism, are well-entrenched in the state’s history.
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