The assembly elections in five states—Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Telangana—saw an extremely combative Rahul Gandhi. The Congress chief undertook a hectic election campaigning, addressing as many as 82 public meetings in two months.
With these assembly polls being touted as a do-or-die battle for the Congress and a semi-final before the Lok Sabha elections scheduled for May 2019, Rahul Gandhi entered into a whirlwind campaign regimen, addressing at least two rallies a day.
In Madhya Pradesh, which is being seen as the most crucial state in this round of assembly polls and where the Congress hopes to unseat the BJP that has been in power for three terms, the Congress chief addressed 25 rallies and held two roadshows.
He addressed 19 rallies in Chhattisgarh, where again the BJP has been ruling for three terms. Rahul Gandhi also held a roadshow in Rajnandgaon, which is Chief Minister Raman Singh's constituency.
In Rajasthan, where the Congress is attempting to dislodge the Vasundhara Raje government, Rahul Gandhi addressed 19 public meetings and held two roadshows, one of which was through the chief minister's constituency Jhalawar.
He addressed 17 public meetings in Telangana, where the party has entered into an alliance with the Telugu Desam Party, the Telangana Jana Samithi and the CPI in a bid to defeat K. Chandrasekhar Rao's TRS.
Rahul Gandhi also addressed two public meetings in Mizoram, the only state in the northeast where the Congress is in power.