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In Rajasthan, the Congress was leading in 114 of the 199 seats contested, against 81 for the BJP, in the initial round of voting, India Today TV said. "But Congress used its 'Chanakyaniti' to get rid of BJP, especially in the state of Chhattisgarh", the edit states.

The BJP attributed the defeat in two of the three states to an anti-incumbency factor, as it had ruled Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh for the past 15 years without a break. Since 1998, the BJP and the Congress have been in power alternatively with neither party able to retain power for a second term.

However, the main contest was in the Hindi heartland, where the BJP and the Congress were pitted against each other.

Almost 55 percent of India's 1.25 billion population is directly or indirectly dependent on agriculture, and farmers form an important voting bloc for parties. The unemployment rate as measured by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) has been ticking up over the past year, and reached 6.62 percent as of November 2018.

"It is a signal to many who believed that the BJP could not be defeated", Apoorvanand, a professor at Delhi University, said.

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The party is, however, two short of the simple majority mark of 116 seats in the 230-member Assembly.

Chhattisgarh: In a state considered to be India's rice bowl, 1,344 farmers-519 a year or, more than one per day-committed suicide in Chhattisgarh over 30 months to October 30, 2017, the Hindu Business Line reported on December 21, 2017.

The BJP on Tuesday refused to be drawn into commenting on the trends emerging from the counting of votes in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram. And the big promise of jobs has not materialised.

While admitting that the Congress would have liked to do better in Telangana, Mr Gandhi, speaking of the states won, said, "It's now time for change". The Congress has started working to form the government in the state. Sitting Chief Minister Lal Thanhwala, who is also the longest serving chief minister of the state, lost his bastion to MNF candidate TJ Lalnuntluanga in the Champhai South constituency. With national elections to be held by May 2019, the narrative has shifted in India. He has even congratulated his "future" Ministers! In 2008, the BJP had won 19 scheduled-tribe seats. Hobbled by dynastic politics, the Congress has failed to groom young local leaders, depending mainly on the charisma of the Gandhi family.

Four seats went to independents. Both SP and the Bahujan Samaj Party were absent from Monday's meeting of all opposition parties but Ramgopal Yadav encouragingly said that "no great meaning should be attached" to their not being present in the 21-party meet, a show of opposition strength before the commencement of Winter Session of Parliament. The Congress was leading in seven, up one from 2013.

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