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Kharge can't revive Congress, but the party's vote share may rise in 2024

After 10 years in power and with all-round economic distress, it would be a miracle if the BJP didn't lose around 3 percentage points from its 2019 share of 37.36 per cent

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T C A Srinivasa-Raghavan
Now that the Congress party has elected a new, non-Gandhi family, Dalit, 10-time Member of Legislative Assembly, and three-time Member of Parliament, as its president – and the contrived clapping has died down – it’s time for some perspective. The facts are as sobering as cold water on a drunk. 

The Congress party won 52 seats in the Lok Sabha election of 2019. And, since it had less than 10 per cent of the total seats, it was not allowed a Leader of Opposition status. Mallikarjun Kharge missed receiving that honour by two seats. 

However, it is also a fact
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First Published: Oct 21 2022 | 6:28 PM IST

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