Just ahead of Lok Sabha polls, BJP today handed a severe 4-0 drubbing to Congress in assembly polls in which it snatched Rajasthan and retained Madhya Pradesh with landslide wins, holding on to power in Chhattisgarh and close to government formation in Delhi where AAP made a dream debut.
The fledgling Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) stunned major parties in Delhi where its chief Arvind Kejriwal emerged the giant killer defeating three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit by a huge margin.
Its spectacular showing not only led to the rout of Congress but also halted BJP's march for a clear win. Some remaining results in Chattisgarh and MP were declared tonight.
In Delhi, BJP with 31 seats emerged as the single largest party in a House of 70, needing six more for the magic number of 36. AAP bagged 28 seats followed by Congress(8). BJP ally Akali Dal got one seat.
Propelled by the aggressive campaign of its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, BJP wrested power from Congress in Rajasthan by scoring a three-fourth majority and retained power in Madhya Pradesh where it increased its tally to reach two-third majority.
It was a hat-trick for BJP in Madhya Pradesh where Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan led the party to a spectacular tally of 165 seats in the 230-member assembly, 22 seats more than last time.
The Congress suffered a huge defeat with its tally coming down to 58 from 71 seats. BSP got four seats and independents three.
In Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje spearheaded the saffron surge, ousting the Congress which suffered its worst-ever performance. BJP got 162 seats, its highest ever tally, in the 200-member assembly, leaving Congress with only 21. In the outgoing assembly, BJP had 78 and Congress 96 seats.
National People's Party got four, BSP three and National Unionist Zamindara Party two. Independents won seven.
After a neck and neck race in Chattisgarh, ruling BJP had the last laugh notching 49 seats giving Chief Minister Raman Singh a hat-trick of wins for the party at the hustings.
In a House of 90, Congress bagged 39 while BSP and an Independent got one each
"We will introspect seriously and we will take all necessary actions to rectify our mistakes or our way of functioning," a sombre looking Congress President Sonia Gandhi told reporters at the AICC headquarters.
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