It is the Phulpur result which will indicate what next for the most politically strategic state in the country. In some ways, it is even more of a bellwether than the Karnataka polls. Results will be known on March 14.
While senior Congress leaders are delighted that Gandhi, after taking over as president from his mother in December, has made no missteps and stayed put with sustained political engagement and new-found aggression, gaping holes remain in the party's strategy.
A huge organisational shake-up which will be critical to the general election could happen in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) around the end of March, when the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS), which is the organization's top decision-making body, meets in Nagpur.
The trip, timed after parliament wraps on the 5th (Friday), is part of the newly-minted initiative by Gandhi's strategist Sam Pitroda, who conceived his successful Berkeley trip in September which showcased a more confident and assertive Gandhi talking to students ahead of his big Gujarat campaign.
Rahul Gandhi showed who's the boss and reacted decisively in what can be termed his first decision as nearly Congress President - the suspension of Mani Shankar Aiyar for his "neech" comment on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A clutch of top opposition leaders are planning a maverick move - a joint boycott of the upcoming Karnataka election to pressure the Election Commission to abandon Electronic Voting Machines or EVMS which they claim are being rigged in favour of the BJP.