History has shown Indians vote for leaders, not parties.
The popularity gap between Narendra Modi and his potential contenders remains far too wide to bridge.
If we fault Modi of strongarm politics, just google the state of affairs in the most powerful nations of America, Russia, China or Turkey.
Unity against Modi is not enough for the Opposition to convince voters either.
Congress failing to retain its southern stronghold would be a setback for Rahul Gandhi’s manoeuvring power among potential allies.