New Delhi: With the ignominy of a duck in Delhi on Tuesday, the free-fall in Congress' fortunes under Rahul Gandhi continued unabated with possibly grim forebodings for the grand old party.
The humiliating defeat in the national capital is the fifth successive debacle for the Congress since the Lok Sabha elections in May last year. It lost power in Haryana and Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir, the three states where it shared power in a coalition.
In fact, a matter of serious concern for the Congress in the capital is the fact that the its share in popular votes has gone down from 24.55 in the 2013 elections to 9.7 per cent in today's results.
From 8 seats in the last elections, the Congress has been reduced to zero in terms of seats now. The entire chunk of Congress votes that was lost this time appeared to have gone to the AAP.
Interestingly, the BJP, which had emerged the single largest party in 2013 with 31 seats and a vote share of 33.07 per cent, lost only 1.5 per cent votes today but that resulted in a loss of 28 seats in favour of AAP.
The party led by Arvind Kejriwal reaped the benefit of the share of votes lost by Congress and BJP to get 36 seats more than last time. This included three seats earlier won each by JD(U), Akali Dal and Independent.
The contrast in Delhi is the most glaring in view of the fact that the Congress was at the helm for 15-long years till 13 months ago under the leadership of Shiela Dikshit, who held the distinction of longest-serving woman Chief Minister in Independent India.
In fact, the Assembly polls in Delhi held under Dikshit's stewardship was a trailer of things to come in the Lok Sabha polls held a few months later. In the Assembly polls, Congress not only lost power in the national capital referred to as 'mini-India' but got just eight seats in 70-member House.