While the BJP surged ahead in Jharkhand and Jammu & Kashmir followed by its spectacular performance in Maharashtra and Haryana, the Congress party slumped to 4th position in both states. Their decline continues unabated across India, which stated during the assembly polls in Delhi in December 2013.
In Jharkhand, Congress managed to win just 6 seats behind BJP+ (42), JMM (19) and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (8). They are just ahead of AJSU (5), which is the ally of BJP. In 2009 assembly polls, Congress was the single largest party in the state with 25 seats. BJP and JMM had won 18 seats each then.
In Jammu & Kashmir, Congress won 12 seats behind PDP (28), BJP (25) and National Conference (15). It also finished fourth in terms of vote share. BJP got 23% votes, followed by PDP (22.7%), NC (20.8%). Congress got just 18% of total vote share.
In 2008 polls, the Congress was on the third spot at 17 seats behind National Conference (28) and PDP (21). The BJP had won 11 seats. It’s definitely a testing time for the Congress and the party needs to do much self-introspection.