Its official now and as everyone predicted, the BJP has successfully won both the Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat Assembly elections, thereby, sending a note of confidence on its '2019 future'. Congress has now lost yet another State to the BJP despite being in power in Himachal Pradesh, before going for elections. With this, the Indian National Congress has shortened its presence to only four states in India!
The Congress Party has not managed to remain in power in any of the States that it has gone for elections since the 2014 Loksabha elections. The downslide continued for the INC except in Punjab and Puducherry. A total of 18 states went for elections after the 2014 Loksabha polls. Of this, BJP won 11 while the opposition INC secured a win in only two states. Out of 29 States, Congress is the ruling party in only four states viz., Punjab, Mizoram, Meghalaya, and Karnataka. On the other hand, BJP is the ruling party in 14 states and also a coalition partner in five other states.
An analysis gives us a picture of the string of defeats for INC, which started right from the bifurcation of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh, with the Congress losing in both AP and Telangana. Though the INC won the Arunachal Pradesh, equations soon changed with the MLAs joining BJP. Thereafter, elections were held in Maharashtra, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana and Jharkhand where the Congress was the ruling party in Haryana and a coalition partner in the other three states. The BJP has successfully formed a government all the states, including a coalition with PDP in Jammu & Kashmir.
In 2015, AAP became victorious in Delhi not even allowing the INC to open its account. Though it was on a happier side by being a part of the winning coalition in Bihar, things soon changed after Nitish Kumar joined hands with BJP to push Congress into the opposition camp. The INC has seen similar defeats in Kerala, West Bengal and Assam in 2016.
Coming to this year, a total of five states have gone for elections. While INC lost to BJP in Uttarakhand, Goa, and Manipur, it emerged victorious in Punjab. Interestingly, Congress was the single largest party in Manipur and Goa but has failed to form a government with BJP playing the cards intelligently.
So, what is in cards for Congress in 2019? Political analysts say that the Congress has fought fairly in the Gujarat polls which is a good thing to hear for the opposition camp after the elevation of Rahul Gandhi to the position of President. Things now depend on Rahul Gandhi and the way he carves out his action plan for the 2019 elections!