Rahul Gandhi was faced with an unenviable task in the Lok Sabha polls as UPA-II was "not a good product" that could be marketed with voters, a party leader close to the Congress Vice President has said.
Against the backdrop of debacle in Lok Sabha polls, voices for bringing Priyanka Gandhi to the forefront if politics grew stronger within the Congress party with at least two leaders on Friday saying she is a "big fighter" and has the "natural ability" to connect with people.
A host of BJP leaders, including Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi`s close aide Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley on Monday met top RSS functionaries and held discussions even as the party turns to the formation of the next Union Cabinet.
India`s PM-designate Narendra Modi on Sunday met senior party leader LK Advani as well as other leaders including from alliance partners as part of consultations aimed at formation of the new NDA government.
BJP`s Meenakshi Lekhi, the only woman representative from Delhi in the 16th Lok Sabha, had a lower vote share than Aam Aadmi Party`s Rakhi Birla among the 13 women candidates who contested from the national capital.
Performance of most of the 57 Independent Lok Sabha candidates from Delhi was dismal with the exception of beauty queen Ruby Yadav from South Delhi and two namesakes of West Delhi`s AAP candidate Jarnail Singh.
The ruling Naga People`s Front (NPF) supported by Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) won the lone Lok Sabha seat of Nagaland for the third consecutive time since 2004, but its victory margin decreased compared to 2009.
After Congress` debacle in the Lok Sabha elections, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi came out in defence of its leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi saying the party has turned stronger under their leadership.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra congratulated victorious candidates of opposition PDP and BJP in the Lok Sabha polls and expressed hope that they would bring lasting peace and rapid progress in the state.