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Why 2019 could accelerate the process of a Congress-free India

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No matter how well the Congress does in seats where it is in the game, the number of seats where it’s not in the game is only going up.

So, what does the election look like? When you pose that question to voters a few days before polling, they might often tell you about the top two contenders in the race. Usually, the number three and four and five are just spoilers.

It is, therefore, useful to see not just how many seats a party won, but also where all it stood second. The sum of those two tells you of the sheer presence of a party.

A look at the total number of seats where the Congress stood first and second, and comparing it with the BJP’s, tell an interesting story.

The Congress kept losing even the number 2 slot on many seats throughout the ‘90s, mainly in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

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Since the Congress was slipping rapidly and the BJP wasn’t rising as fast, we had unstable Third Front governments. That could happen again this election.

In 1998, both the BJP and the Congress showed presence (number 1 or 2) on a similar number of seats: the Congress in 300 seats, the........

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