Gujarat jolt, HP boost leaves Cong with bittersweet taste; sterner tests await party on road to 2024

Updated: Dec 8 2022 3:30PM

Gujarat jolt, HP boost leaves Cong with bittersweet taste; sterner tests await party on road to 2024

New Delhi, Dec 8 (PTI) The Congress on Thursday suffered its worst-ever defeat in Gujarat but appeared headed for a close win in Himachal Pradesh, a mixed bag result for the party that not only faces a rampaging BJP but an ambitious AAP vying for the leadership of the Opposition going forward on the road to the 2024 general elections.

While the grand old party seemed likely to wrest Himachal Pradesh from the BJP and keep the "rivaj (tradition)" of alternate governments in the hill state alive, it suffered a crushing defeat in Gujarat where it was likely to get just 10 per cent of the seats in the 182-member assembly with the AAP getting over 12 per cent of the vote share.

In Himachal Pradesh, the Congress found itself in a better position leading on 40 seats with a vote share of over 40 per cent with the AAP at a dismal third with about one per cent vote share.