New Delhi: The nationwide dominance of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been tremendous over the last few years. Ever since Narendra Modi came to power at the Centre, the BJP continued to expand its reach across the country, reducing its political rival Congress presence in just two states like Punjab and Puducherry.
Numbers for state assemblies since Independence show that the BJP now has more MLAs nationwide than any one party has had in 25 years. With the recent victory in Karnataka where it emerged as single largest party, the BJP now has 1511 MLAs across the country. The party first crossed the 1,000-MLA mark in 2014, and then, after a dip with the Bihar elections in 2015, grew in 2016 and 2017. For the first time ever the BJP has crossed 1500 MLAs.
This is the largest number of MLAs a single party has had at the all-India level since 1993 when the Congress had 1,501 MLAs.
The Congress, on the other hand, now has just 727 MLAs all-India, the lowest ever count in its history. In the elections over the last few years, Congress MLAs continued to dwindle. MLAs in others category are 1848 while vacant seats are 35. Total number of MLAs in India is 4120.
After the drubbing in Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi, the Congress continued to lose election after election in state assembly with the result that its strength across India dwindled drastically. The grand old party was reduced to what is its lowest presence ever in the country.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi could not improve the fortunes of the party either. The most recent loss of Karnataka has shown how Rahul Gandhi is proving to be ineffective in terms of shoring up the sinking Congress.
With Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Rajasthan slated to go to polls by the end of 2018, what remains to be seen is whether the Congress could improve strength of its legislators in the state assemblies.