14 to 6… This figure of Congress increased its seats by 47, see which states gave the most blessings

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: The Congress party proved to be the biggest winner in this Lok Sabha election. The Congress party has won 53 new seats this time, but it has also lost six seats since 2019. In this way, the Congress party has made a net gain of 47 seats. In 2019, it had got a total of 52 seats which has now increased to 99. That is, an increase of 90.38 percent. If we look at the performance of the Congress in the 2019 vs 2024 Lok Sabha elections, these five big things come to the fore.

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Gain in 14 states, Congress seats decreased in 6

Congress's seats increased in a total of 14 states. Among them, it got huge gains in Maharashtra (12), Rajasthan and Karnataka (8-8), Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Telangana (5-5). At the same time, it also got help from states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Nagaland, Lakshadweep, Chandigarh, Manipur. There were six states where Congress suffered losses, but only by one seat each. This list includes Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Kerala, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

There will be these 5 changes in the result of 2024 as compared to 2019

1. Congress improved its strike rate in direct competition with BJP
In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Congress had a direct contest with BJP on 190 seats. Out of these seats, Congress won only 15 seats and its strike rate was only 8%. This time in the 2024 elections, Congress increased its strike rate from 8% to 28%. It won 61 out of a total of 214 seats in direct contest with BJP.

2. Continuous setbacks to BJP
In 2019, out of the NDA's total 352 seats, the BJP had 303 seats, i.e. an 86% share in the alliance. It had a majority on its own. Now, out of the NDA's 290 seats, the BJP has 240 seats, i.e. a little less than 83%. It does not even have a majority on its own.

3. Big setback for BJP in top 5 states
The BJP suffered significant losses in four of the five states with the highest number of Lok Sabha seats. Its tally fell from 62 to 33 in Uttar Pradesh (80 seats), from 23 to 10 in Maharashtra (48), from 18 to 12 in Bengal (42) and it failed to open its account in Tamil Nadu (39). In fifth place is Bihar, where the BJP had won 17 seats in 2019, but this time it lost 5 seats. In Bihar, the NDA won 30 out of 40 seats.

4. Congress improved its position in the Northeast
In recent years, BJP had expanded its base in the Northeast on a large scale, but in this election, the party suffered a setback here too. Both the seats in Manipur went to the Congress, the only seat in Nagaland and 1 out of 2 seats in Meghalaya went to the Congress. But BJP retained 9 seats in Assam and 2 seats each in Arunachal and Tripura.

5. Congress improved its performance in SC-ST seats
Last time, BJP had won 77 out of 131 SC/ST seats across the country, while Congress had won only 11 seats. This time BJP's seats decreased to 53, while Congress's seats increased to 33.

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