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134-yr-old Congress, party of India's independence, is now on life support

While historically Congress secured more than 25% of the vote share, it now hovers at less than 20%. That could signal the party is headed for a death spiral

Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and former PM ManMohan Singh at CWC meeting in New Delhi | Photo : Sanjay.K.Sharma
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Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and former PM ManMohan Singh at CWC meeting in New Delhi | Photo : Sanjay.K.Sharma

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Narendra Modi not only surprised the world with a landslide victory last week, he also put the 134-year-old Indian National Congress on life support.

Some candidates from the storied party, home to many of India’s founding fathers when it won independence from Britain in 1947, simply gave up ahead of the May 23 election. One checked himself into a hospital to avoid campaigning after the party wouldn’t give him enough money to run a polling booth, according two members of his campaign who asked not to be identified as they’re weren’t authorized to speak to media.

He ended up losing,

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First Published: May 30 2019 | 8:59 AM IST

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