The Congress party, in keeping with the trend across most of India, was wiped out in Madhya Pradesh, managing to win just one out of 29 Lok Sabha seats.
MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s son Nakul Nath narrowly won the Chhindwara seat with a margin of 37,536 votes.
In 2014 polls the party could had won two seats – Chhindwara and Guna.
The defeat was expected even though just five months ago, the Gandhi family held party had won the Assembly polls in the state, dislodging the Shivraj Singh Chouhan led BJP government of three-terms.
kamal Nath himself won the assembly by-poll in Chhindwara by 25,734 votes.
Stalwarts like former union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, who had won in Guna overcoming the Modi wave in 2014, was defeated by his own one-time supporter KP Yadav of BJP by a margin of over 1.24 lakh votes.
Former chief minister and Rajya Sabha member Digvijaya Singh too faced a crushing defeat from the BJP’s candidate, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur by a margin of over 3.23 lakh votes.
Digvijaya Singh accepted his defeat with a brief comment in the evening. “I respect the people’s verdict and accept my defeat,” he told the media.
Meanwhile, BJP leaders took a dig at the Congress crushing defeat, targeting Kamal Nath. The party demanded Kamal Nath’s resignation, saying that the Congress had lost people’s mandate.