Congress had expected an easy win in all five states, but managed to hold its grip only in Manipur which is the one and only state in India where Congress made its mark. Starting from West Bengal to Jammu Kashmir, Congress' alliance parties are in power, but its other alliances have been losing hold on power since assembly election 2011.
Congress and its alliance, DMK lost in Tamil Nadu in 2011 and this time Congress lost in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa and in Uttarakhand. However, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) surprised many with its extra-ordinary performance in almost all states including Uttar Pradesh. [Election results in U'khand, Manipur, Goa, Punjab]
Now, this is high time for the party to shun the Gandhi family. Congress always depends on the "first family" and let the family members hold key positions and power in the party. It has been observed that Congress party leaders do not question any of the movement or decisions taken by any Gandhi family members.
Spokespersons of the party have still been defending Rahul Gandhi despite the poll debacle in all states, especially in Uttar Pradesh. But Congress have to accept the fact that it would not be able to win the peoples hearts if it continues its slavery to the Gandhi family.
It would not be easy for the party to mar local parties in their own region. The Gandhi family may dominate Indian politics in the national level, but it always fails when it comes to the state-level politics. Indians feel more secure at the hands of their own people.
It's not easy for Rahul Gandhi or Priyanka Gandhi to win the trust of people with their frequent visits to villages of Uttar Pradesh or any other states. It seems that people of Amethi or Rae Bareli are more familiar and secure with their local party leaders than with Rahul or Sonia Gandhi.
So, citing the poll debacle, it's quite clear that Congress either should change its strategy of backing the Gandhi family or the party should come out of its (the first family) influence and should start a new political journey.