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READ: Congress Debacle In 2014 Vs Congress Disaster In 2019, Seat By Seat Comparison Of Party's Performance In Lok Sabha Elections

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  • The Congress Working Committee met following the party's drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections as it won 52 seats, winning just eight more seats since the 2014 polls

The Congress Working Committee met following the party's drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections as it won 52 seats, winning just eight more seats since the 2014 polls. Congress president Rahul Gandhi's resignation was not accepted in the meeting, despite the party's poll debacle, as the 'party needed him'. 

The party under Gandhi's leadership not only lost the elections but failed to become a strong opposition to the BJP owing to it winning just 52 seats.  The voters did not seem to take well to Rahul Gandhi's digs at the Prime Minister, the constant mention of Rafale deal and allegations of corruption, the sloganeering of 'Chowkidar Chor Hai'. The party's manifesto promises, be it NYAY or the proposal to dilute AFSPA and action against sedition law, and zero concrete measures against corruption did not go down well with Indian electorate. 

While the party saw a colossal defeat in Karnataka, one state it also held on to following the assembly elections in a dysfunctional coalition with JD(S), it continued its hold over Kerala winning more seats since the previous general elections. It performed well in Punjab and Tamil Nadu compared to 2014.  While it maintained status quo in a few states, it lost its hold in several others.  The party has been wiped put from these states and Union Territories - Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Delhi and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura. 

Below is the seat by seat comparison of Congress performance in states from 2014 with 2019 Lok Sabha elections:

Karnataka

Seat won by Congress candidates In 2014:

Bangalore Rural - DK Suresh
Chamarajanagar - R Dhruvanarayana 
Chikkballapur - M Veerappa Moily
Chikkodi- Prakash Babanna Hukkeri
Chitradurga- BN Chandrappa 
Gulbarga- Mallikarjun Kharge 
Kolar- KH Muniyappa
Raichur- BV Nayak
Tumkur- Muddahanumegowda SP 

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2019:

Bangalore Rural - DK Suresh

In a massive defeat, the party won just one seat in the state. Its coalition with JD(S) failed to secure enough number of seats. Battle-hardened party giants such as Mallikarjun Kharge and Veerappa Moily were brought to their knees in this elections.

The party's plan to give the Tumkur seat, where it had a sitting MP, to JD(S) supremo HD Devegowda backfired as he lost the seat to a BJP candidate. Muddahanumegowda SP  had rebelled against the party decision of giving the seat to Devegowda and had even filed his nomination only to be pressurised to take it back.

Kerala

The party performed well in the state which usually sees a battle between Left led-LDF and Congress-led-UDF.

Seat won by Congress candidates In 2014:

Alappuzha - KC Venugopal 
Ernakulam - Prof KV Thomas 
Kozhikode - MK Raghavan 
Mavelikkara - Kodikunnil Suresh
Pathanamthitta - Anto Antony
Thiruvananthapuram - Dr Shashi Tharoor
Vadakara - Mullappally Ramachandran
Wayanad - MI Shanavas

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2019:

Alathur - Ramya Hharidas 
Attingal - Adv Adoor prakash
Chalakudy - Benny Behanan
Ernakulam - Hibi Eden
Idukki - Adv Dean Kuriakose 
Kannur - K Sudhakaran
Kasaragod - Rajmohan Unnithan
Kozhikode - MK Raghavan
Mavelikkara - Kodikunnil Suresh 
Palakkad - VK Sreekandan
Pathanamthitta - Anto Anthony
Thiruvananthapuram - Dr Shashi Tharoor

Thrissur - TN Prathapan
Vadakara - K Muraleedharan
Wayanad - Rahul Gandhi

Tamil Nadu:

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2014:

Congress failed to secure any seat from the state

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2019:

Arani - Dr MK Vishnu Prasad
Kanniyakumari - H Vasanthakumar
Karur - SJothimani
Krishnagiri - A. Chellakumar
Sivaganga - Karti CHidambaram
Thiruvallur - K.Jayakumar
Tiruchirappalli - Su. Thirunavukkarasar
Virudhunagar - Manickam Tagore

Punjab

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2014:

Amritsar - Capt Amarinder Singh, Gurjeet Singh Aujla
Jalandhar - Santokh Singh Chaudhary
Ludhiana - Ravneet Singh Bittu

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2019:

Amritsar - Gurjeet Singh Aujla
Khadoor Sahib - Jasbir Singh Dimpa
Jalandhar (SC) - Charanjit Singh Atwal    
Anandpur Sahib - Manish Tiwari
Ludhiana - Ravneet Singh Bittu
Fatehgarh Sahib (SC) - Dr. Amar Singh
Faridkot (SC) - Muhammad Sadiq
Patiala - Preneet Kaur

Telangana

The state was formed in 2014.

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2019:

Malkajgiri - A Revanth Reddy
Nalgonda - N Uttam Kumar Reddy
Bhongir - K Raj Gopal Reddy

Uttar Pradesh

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2014:

Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi had won decisively from Amethi and Rae Bareli respectively

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2019:

While Sonia Gandhi won in Rae Bareli defeating Dinesh Pratap Singh with a margin of 167178 votes, Rahul Gandhi was handed over a defeat from Amethi by Smriti Irani with 55120

Madhya Pradesh

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2014:

Chhindwara- Kamal Nath
Guna- Jyotiraditya M Scindia

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2019:

Chhindwara- Nakul Kamal Nath

Nakul Kamal Nath won with a margin of 37536 votes against BJP's Nathansaha Kawreti, while the party's UP West general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia was defeated by Krishna Pal Singh by 125549 votes.

Maharashtra

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2014:

Hingoli - Rajeev Shankarrao Satav 
Nanded - Ashok Shankarrao Chavan

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2019:

Chandrapur - Balubhau alias Suresh Narayan Dhanorkar 

Dhanorkar defeated BJP's​​​​​​ Hansraj Gangaram Ahir by 44763 votes

Former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan failed to win the seat from his stronghold. 

West Bengal 

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2014:

Baharampur - Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
Jangipur - Abhijit Mukherjee
Maldaha Dakshin - Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury
Maldaha Uttar - Mausam Noor

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2019:

Baharampur - Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
Maldaha Dakshin - Abu Hasem Chowdury (Dalu) 

In Jangipur, Khalilur Rahaman from TMC defeated BJP's Mafuja Khatun while in Maldaha Uttar, Khagen Murmu from BJP defeated Mausam Noor of TMC

Andhra Pradesh

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2014:

Nagarkurnool - Yellaiah Nandi 
Nalgonda - Gutha Sukhender Reddy

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2019:

The party failed to win any seats

Bihar

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2014:

Kishanganj - Mohammad Asrarul Haque 
Supaul - Ranjeet Ranjan 

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2019:

Kishanganj - Mohammad Jawed

Haryana

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2014:

Rohtak - Deepender Singh Hooda

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2019:

The party failed to win any seats

Chhattisgarh

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2014:

Durg - Tamradhwaj Sahu 

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2019:

Bastar - Deepak Baij 
Korba - Jyotsna Charandas Mahant 

Pratima Chandrakar of Congress was defeated from Durg by BJP's Vijay Baghel 391978 votes

Assam

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2014:

Autonomous District - Biren Singh Engti 
Kaliabor - Gourav Gogoi
Silchar - Sushmita Dev 

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2019:

Barpeta - Abdul Khaleque    
Kaliabor - Gaurav Gogoi  
Nowgong - Pradyut Bordoloi    

Sushmita Dev, Indian Mahila Congress head, lost from Silchar to Rajdeep Roy with a margin of 81596 votes.

Goa

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2019:

South Goa - Cosme Francisco Caitano Sardinha 

Jharkhand

Seats won by Congress candidates in 2019:

Singhbhum - Geeta Kora

Odisha

Seats won by Congress candidates in 2019:

Koraput - Saptagiri Ulaka

Arunachal Pradesh

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2014:

Arunachal East - Ninong Ering

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2019:

The party failed to win any seats

Mizoram

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2014:

Mizoram - CL Ruala 

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2019:

Congress alliance with Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) failed to win.

Meghalaya

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2014:

Shillong - Vincent H Pala 

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2019:

Shillong - Vincent Pala retains the seat 

Manipur

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2014:

Inner Manipur - Dr Thokchom Meinya 
Outer Manipur - Thangso Baite 

Seat won by Congress candidates in 2019:

Congress failed to secure any seats.

Andaman and Nicobar

Congress' Kuldeep Rai Sharma won from here.

Puducherry

V Vaithilingam won from here

 

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