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A nearly nine per cent loss of votes has turned Congress into a picture of devastation in the wake of the Narendra Modi wave.
Its seat tally has nosedived from 206 in the last Lok Sabha polls to a poor below-50 in the 543-member Lower House this time, when the party's poll campaign was led by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.
The party got 28.55 per cent votes in the 2009 general elections with the backing of 11,91,11019 votes while it has so far secured 19.6 per cent with 10,48, 29215 votes.
This has taken place at a time when the electorates saw a huge jump including some 10 crore new voters since 2009 including four crore first timers.
The election has spelt doom for Congress in view of the fact of a substantial hike in vote percentage of BJP, which clocked a growth of 13 per cent of votes this time over what it had got in the last election.
BJP has got 31.5 per cent votes this time so far, which has translated into 16,91,13879 votes. In the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, it had secured 18.80 per cent votes with 7,84,35381 people voting for it.
As a result, BJP has virtually done the impossible by winning a majority on its own, putting India under single party rule after 25 years.
Since 1989, no single party could form government on its own and the period was marked by various types of coalition governments led by Congress, BJP as also United Front and a minority government.
After remaining out of power for eight-long years, Congress came back to power at the Centre via the coalition route in May 2004 when it got 26.53 per cent votes with 10,34,08949 votes and won 145 seats.
That time, BJP, which lost power, had secured 22.16 votes (8,63,71561 votes) and won 138 seats.