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Congress stares at defeat in J&K, Jharkhand; Oza says party hasn't lost any ground

As early trends indicate a humiliating defeat for Congress in both Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand Assembly elections, party leader Shobha Oza on Monday tried to put up a brave face saying that the grand old party hasn't lost any ground.



New Delhi: As early trends indicate a humiliating defeat for Congress in both Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand Assembly elections, party leader Shobha Oza on Monday tried to put up a brave face saying that the grand old party hasn't lost any ground.

Commenting on the early trends, Oza said that in a democracy governments keep on changing and this doesn’t mean that Congress has lost ground.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appeared set for victory in Jharkhand as counting of votes polled in assembly polls put its candidates ahead in a whopping 53 of the 81 seats.

The 'Modi wave' is causing ripples in Jammu and Kashmir with the BJP, incredulously, leading in 30 of the total 87 seats in the state.

Jharkhand, which has seen nine governments and three stints of President's rule in 14 years, saw fractured mandates in both 2005 and 2009 Assembly Elections.

The J&K elections are a litmus test as much for BJP, which is making its first serious foray in the state to form a government, as for Congress, which will be hoping to stay relevant in the state politics following the massive rout in Lok Sabha polls earlier this year.

BJP launched an aggressive campaign as part of its 'Mission 44+' -- the magic number required for simple majority in the state Assembly -- during which Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several top leaders of the party addressed election rallies across the state.

From Zee News

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