The bureaucracy, whose network is nationwide, appears to have understood this. The one branch of government which has a presence throughout India is the Intelligence Bureau, and the IB is rumoured to have assessed that the Congress party will be lucky if it touches 100 seats.
Congress will end-up in single digit figures in Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka where it previously expected a total of 100 seats
The party is already gearing up for projecting Rahul Gandhi as the leader of opposition.
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