The Congress dropped power as its alliance government in Karnataka fell, in another state with the party now deserted with governments in just four states and a Union territory. Karnataka was the only southern state in which the Congress was in power; it was essential for the party.
The party has been uniting its bets on south India for service, according to political analysts with the Congress experiencing a crushing defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, getting just 52 seats across India,
Interestingly, Karnataka is the only primary southern state where the BJP is very strong, and with the saffron party having favorable numbers, it is estimated to form the government there.
The Congress now has governments in Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Puducherry. The BJP, on the other hand, is in power in 16 states in the country.
The Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka collapsed on Tuesday after the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy was defeated in the Assembly, ending his 14-month-long, tumultuous tenure.
Capping a three-week-long high-voltage intense power struggle triggered by a raft of resignations by rebel lawmakers that pushed the government to the brink of collapse, the motion was defeated with 99 members voting for the motion and 105 against it.
One of the most outrageous horse-trading the nation has ever witnessed and stated that it would carry nationwide protests against the “immoral political destabilization” the Congress accused the BJP of carrying out.
BJP has accused of “stealing mandate” by the Congress in the past for states like Manipur and Goa where the party could not form the government even emerging as the single largest.
Rahul Gandhi having quit as party president the shock to the Congress comes at a time when it is already facing a leadership dilemma with and not much headway created in deciding his replacement.
Rahul had made it clear that the grand old party should find a new president in the important meeting of the Congress Working Committee on May 25 where he resigned as party chief, other than anyone from the Gandhi family.