The Congress, which lost even the status of the main opposition party in 2014, is facing the toughest test of its political journey. The party, which had won over 400 Lok Sabha seats in the 1984 elections after the assassination of Indira Gandhi, is now staring at a bleak future.

The Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was known as the 'Hindi Heartland' party, has positioned itself as the only national party now. The BJP, which had won 282 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, has also outnumbered the Congress in the Assemblies of states and Union Territories. As of today, the BJP has 1,064 MLAs compared to Congress' 851 MLAs.

The BJP was not only able to form its government in Assam but was also successful in opening its account in Kerala. Earlier, the party was able to form governments in Haryana and Maharashtra and also managed to get full majority in Jharkhand along with its alliance partner All Jharkhand Students Union (AJSU).

The advent of the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo resulted in the most unlikely coalition with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir after the BJP surprisingly emerged as the single largest party in the state in terms of the vote per cent.

The Congress, however, lost several states during this period. The party lost Assam and Kerala recently after the humiliating defeats in Delhi, Haryana, and Maharashtra.

The party did manage to increase its seat tally in Bihar and West Bengal but that too due to the alliances with the Nitish Kumar-Lalu Prasad combine and Left Front respectively.

The crucial Assembly elections are round the corner in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand and other states. The numbers will certainly change after the results of these states would be out but it looks rather impossible for the Congress party to overtake the BJP.

But for now, here is the data pattern: (The figures include the current situation in the different Assemblies after the desertions and disqualification of MLAs).

BJP Ahead In Northern States, Banks On Uttar Pradesh

The BJP is in power Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab (along with Akali Dal) and also running a coalition government with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir. The Congress is in power in relatively smaller states such as Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

The Aam Aadmi Party is in power in Delhi while the Samajwadi Party is ruling Uttar Pradesh presently.

The BJP has 341 MLAs in these states while the Congress has just 186 MLAs.

BJP Has A Massive Edge In Western India

The BJP is ruling Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Goa in western India. The Congress is not having any government in western India.

The BJP has 432 MLAs in these states while the Congress has 164 MLAs.

BJP Outnumbers Congress In Eastern India

The BJP is ruling Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh but is still not a dominant force in Odisha and West Bengal. In Bihar, the party is the major opposition party.

The Congress is sharing power with the Janata Dal United and Rashtriya Janata Dal in Bihar.

The BJP has 158 MLAs in these states while the Congress has 133 MLAs.

Congress Ahead In Southern States

The Congress is ruling Karnataka while the BJP is the principal opposition party in the state. The Congress has just lost Kerala to the Left Front.

The Congress has 182 MLAs in these states while the BJP has 56 MLAs.

BJP Breaches Congress' Fortress In Northeast

The BJP is ruling Assam in this region now after snatching the state from the Tarun Gogoi-led Congress and also running a coalition government with Nagaland People's Front in Nagaland.

The Congress just managed to get back Arunachal Pradesh in its kitty after its rebel legislators returned to the party. The Congress is also running governments in Mizoram, Meghalaya, and Manipur.

The Congress has 186 MLAs in this region compared to BJP's 77 MLAs.

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