After a hard battle fought for over a month, the Indian National Congress (INC) despite all its attempts, has failed to touch three digits in the 17
th Lok Sabha elections and is unlikely to qualify for the post of Leader of Opposition this time too.. In a landslide victory, the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to come back for its second term . ‘Zero’ opening for Congress
The Congress party could only garner 52 seats out of 543 seats with a complete washout in 17 states and union territories, results published by the Election Commission showed.
The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance lost its footing in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu and Lakshadweep.
However, BJP too was not far behind. The saffron party also failed to make an opening in nine states and union territories – Andhra Pradesh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Sikkim, and Tamil Nadu.
Congress' double digits in God’s Own Country
The Congress-led UDF won 19 out of 20 seats in Kerala, including Wayanad, from where Congress President Rahul Gandhi also contested and won the seat with the highest margin of 4.3 lakh votes.
The UDF tally included the Congress with 15, the Indian Union Muslim League with two and the Kerala Congress-Mani and the Revolutionary Socialist Party with one each. The ruling CPI(M)-led LDF won one seat while the Bharatiya Janata Party could not open an account in the southern state.
Candidates like Shashi Tharoor in Thiruvananthapuram, Thomas Chazhikadan in Kottayam, Dean Kuriakose in Idukki and Hibi Eden in Ernakulam, won in Kerala with a margin of over one lakh votes.
The highlight of the UDF's victory is that it has won the Kasargode seat for the first time since 1984, Alathur since 1991, and Palakkad and Attingal after 1996. However, the Alappuzha seat returned to the CPI-M after two terms.
DMK’s 100% strike rate in Tamil Nadu
MK Stalin, president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party thanked the voters for electing the party’s candidates. The DMK swept the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu, in alliance with the Congress party with a whopping majority of 37 seats, including a seat in the union territory of Puducherry.
The Bharatiya Janata Party, in an alliance with the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), could only bag one seat. BJP leaders blamed 'negative propaganda' by its political foes for its poor showing.
While the DMK and AIADMK contested the Lok Sabha polls in alliance with other parties, it was a head-on contest between the two in the assembly by-elections. AIADMK won in nine seats out of the 22 Assembly seats that went for bypolls.
In the Lok Sabha polls, prominent candidates of the DMK like A Raja, Dayanidhi Maran, Kanimozhi, TR Baalu, SS Palanimanickam and its allies in the Congress like Su. Thirunavukarasar, Karthi P Chidambaram, H Vasanthakumar and S Jothimani have won.
The Lok Sabha polls saw a four-cornered contest. The two major fronts are the AIADMK-led front comprising the PMK, BJP, DMDK, TMC, PT, PNK and others and the DMK-led front consisting of the Congress, MDMK, IUML, CPI, CPI-M, VCK, KMDK and IJK.
Rahul Gandhi loses family bastion Amethi after 39 years
Amethi, on Thursday, snapped its 39-year-long relationship with the Gandhi family -- a relationship that was filled with emotions and nurtured with emotions.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday conceded defeat from his traditional Amethi seat to Union Minister Smriti Irani, of the BJP, by 55,120 votes.
The victory of BJP's Smriti Irani and the defeat of Rahul Gandhi is not just the result of an electoral battle -- it is much more than that.
Amethi was first won by the Congress in 1980 and has remained with the Congress, barring one year when the BJP won the seat.
In 1980, Sanjay Gandhi had won the seat but after his death, Rajiv Gandhi won the seat in a by-election in 1981. Rajiv Gandhi retained the seat in 1984, 1989 and in 1991.
In 1991 and 1996, Captain Satish Sharma, a friend of the Gandhi family won the seat but in 1998, the BJP wrested the seat when Sanjay Singh was elected.
A year later, Sonia Gandhi entered politics and won the Amethi seat which she retained till 2004. Rahul Gandhi won the seat in 2004, 2009 and 2014.
Aam Aadmi Party lost ground at home
Regional parties like Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lost all the seven seats in the national capital, Delhi. Maintaining its hold over Delhi, the Bharatiya Janata Party won all the seven Lok Sabha seats here, with winning margins ranging between 2.2 lakh and 5.7 lakh votes.
Right from the slapping of Kejriwal during a road show to the Delhi chief minister claiming that Modi would murder him and even the issue related to the distribution of obscene and derogatory pamphlets against Atishi, the AAP was in the midst of a number of controversies this election season.
The AAP was expecting to form an alliance with the Congress but the matter turned sour with a public war of words between Kejriwal and Congress president Rahul Gandhi. While the AAP, on one hand, was looking to form an alliance on 33 seats in Delhi, Punjab, Goa, Haryana, and Chandigarh with the grand old party, the Congress proposed a tie-up only in the national capital which proved to be a deal breaker for the Aam Aadmi Party.
BJP’s highest vote share: Surat with 74.5%
The BJP captured all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat, as the party’s national president Amit Shah surpassed the victory margin of senior party leader LK Advani.
With every vote count almost going into his kitty, Amit Shah had posted a huge margin of more than 5.6 lakh votes over Congress' CJ Chavda.
Surat BJP candidate Darshana Jardosh won with a vote share of 74.5 percent, improving her margin to 5,47,155 votes, the highest ever BJP vote share in 2019 election. Her nearest rival, Congress’ Ashok Patel lost with a vote share of 23.16 percent.
No room in Andhra; gaining In West Bengal and Odisha
In the Andhra Pradesh elections, which were all about YSRCP versus TDP, the BJP was decimated. The BJP, which had done well in 2014 in alliance with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), was washed out this time.
The BJP, which won four Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats in the previous election, drew a blank now. Its vote percentage in Assembly polls came down to 0.84 percent from 2.18 percent in 2014. It secured less than one percent votes in the Lok Sabha elections.
However, the case was different in Odisha and West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee-ruled West Bengal could not remain immune to the saffron surge that swept the country on Thursday, as the BJP demonstrated a spectacular performance in the Lok Sabha elections in the state where it hardly counted so far. In the state where 42 Lok Sabha seats were at stake, there was a neck-and-neck race, with the BJP emerging victorious in 18 constituencies and Trinamool Congress (TMC) winning 22.
In Odisha, BJP’s vote share increased by almost 73 percent with the party set to increase its tally to eight seats from the two it won in 2014. On Friday, the party confirmed its victory in five Lok Sabha seats while it was leading in three other seats, as per the Election Commission data.
Among the major fights, the BJP's Sambit Patra lost to the BJD's Pinaki Mishra in Puri with a margin of 11,714 votes. Sitting BJP MP and Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram won from Sundargarh with a winning margin of 1,23,605 votes. In Kendrapara, the BJD's Anubhav Mohanty defeated Baijayant Panda, who had defected to the BJP earlier this year.
(With inputs from agencies)