State Congress chief Kantilal Bhuria had already put in his papers owning up the responsibility for the debacle.
Even with no more than a fledgling organisational structure, AAP's Madhya Pradesh unit is flooded with membership applications.
It's no longer so much about the eroding political base but the declining social acceptability that the Congress should be worried about.
The chief minister is now tasked with building a new ministerial team from a larger legislature party that includes four MPs who have made it to the assembly.
Satyavrat Chaturvedi was once the spokesperson for the all India Congress Committee. Now he speaks mostly for himself or for union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia. He lost no time in declaring AICC general secretary Digvijaya the biggest conspirator responsible for the party’s defeat.
The final tally in a House of 230 is 165-58 for the BJP and the Congress while the others share seven seats.
The Congress lost power in 2003 after a decade-long rule of Digvijaya Singh did not inspire the voters to reinstate it.
The BJP leaders exude confidence but refrain to talk about the surveys projecting a comprehensive win for the party.
Modi, who drew a crowd of several lakh people in an unprecedented show of the party at the Jamboree ground just six weeks ago, was forced to address a much smaller crowd at a much smaller ground on Monday.
Corruption and nepotism in ticket distribution and an unprepared Congress leadership has led to chaos in the party in the run-up to the Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls.
The charge-sheet had accused the ruling party of swindling a whopping sum of Rs 1.46 lakh crore through various scams during its tenure.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s surprise decision to contest both Budhni and Vidisha seats in the upcoming assembly elections has set tongues wagging.
The party has so far finalised its list of nominees for only 115 of the 230 seats even as nominations for the November 25 poll entered the fourth day.
Several legislators and ministers have represented their constituencies for multiple terms and have outlived their popularity.
The government can’t escape the blame for negligence, as the very same site had witnessed a disaster seven years ago, when 57 people died on the ninth day of the same festival.
Chouhan's adversaries in the saffron fold are posing a bigger challenge than the resurgent Congress in Bhopal.