Tuesday saw another disappointing performance from the Congress in a state where it is not the main opposition party. In the Bihar Assembly elections, the party won a mere 19 of the 70 seats it had contested as part of the Rashtriya Janata Dal-led Mahagathbandan or the Grand Alliance.

Its record was particularly dismal in contests with its main national rival, the Bharatiya Janata Party. In 33 seats in which the two clashed, the Congress managed victories in only six.

In a close election, its performance had a profound effect on the results. The National Democratic Alliance of the BJP and the ruling Janata Dal (United) won 125 of the 243 seats. The Grand Alliance finished with 110 – the Congress had pulled it down.

Congress leaders tried to place the blame on others. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha, slammed the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen leader Asaduddin Owaisi for splitting the secular votes and helping the BJP in the state. The AIMIM ended with a surprise tally of five seats.

In response, Owaisi termed the Congress incompetent of fighting the BJP and said both the parties were two sides of the same coin.

However, Bihar is not the first time the Congress has failed...

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