cing-less-1With results out and if one analyzes the results closely, it is clear that the Congress has won more seats with less seats. Lose votes, but still gain seats. That’s what the Congress have been successfully doing in the last two general and assembly elections in Maharashtra. Notwithstanding the party’s spectacular performance in the just concluded assembly polls, the Congress’s vote base has actually shrunk, though marginally. The Congress had polled 21.01% that is 88, 10, 363 votes in the 2004 assembly elections and won 69 of the 157 seats it contested. This time, it has bagged just about 21% votes, but its bench strength has increased to 82. The presence of more players in the ring, especially the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, might have helped the Congress win more seats despite losing votes. However, the Congress’ vote share has been shrinking over the past 10 years. In the Lok Sabha elections held earlier this year, the Congress was polled only 19.6% votes. But still, it managed to win 17 of the 25 seats it contested. Since 1999, the Congress vote base has shrunk ever since, almost by 6% as of now. But the party leadership seems not much alarmed, as the party was winning more seats with every fall in vote share. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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