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...The 2014 elections turned out to be one of the worst electoral defeats for the Congress party, which has governed the country much more than any other party. However, its vote share has been on the decline. Although it formed the government in 2004 with the help of allies, the vote share of the Congress party reduced from 28.3 per cent to 26.53 per cent. In the next general elections, even as it came to back power with an improved electoral performance, its vote share was 28.9 per cent with just a marginal increase of 0.6 per cent from its vote share in 1999. In 2014, as it suffered defeat, the vote share took a huge dip with only 19.3 per cent of the votes being polled in favour of the Congress party. Compare this to the electoral gains made by the BJP. ...TOI on Aug. 13, 2017, 7:56 a.m.