Congress party, which has managed to improve its seat tally remarkably this time in State Assembly elections, on Wednesday fell short of majority by a whisker in Rajasthan by one seat and Madhya Pradesh by two.
To form a government, Congress will have to now stitch alliance with other opposition parties like the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Samajwadi Party, CPI(M) and rope in as many Independents as possible.
BJP has been humbled in Madhya Pradesh. Of the 230 seats in the state, the Congress has won 114, while the BJP has 109. The half-way mark or the magic number required to form the government is 116.
The Congress will now have to gain support of the BSP (which has two seats), the SP (which has one seat) and try to rope in as many of the four Independents that have this time.
Besides, the Congress also faces the tough task of keeping its flock together and house in order to prevent its MLAs from deserting it and joining the BJP.