The 'ekla chalo' formula is over for the Congress. Chastened by the massive defeat in the general elections at the hands of the BJP, which went for micro alliances across the country to reap rich political dividends, the Congress has started doing a rethink on the policy of going it alone it started in 2009. Rahul Gandhi had taken the going it alone line after the Congress led UPA to its second consecutive term in 2009. The party had opted out of a pre-poll alliance with Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh and political pundits had predicted doom at Rahul's decision. But the Congress won 22 out of 80 parliament seats way back then, and the clamour for Congress going alone got louder across the country. But times have changed and so has the thinking within the party. There is a general consensus that Congress needs to accept the ground situation and work together mending fences with regional parties to thwart Narendra Modi led BJP in the upcoming elections.