NEW DELHI, May 16 -- India's ruling Congress party Friday conceded defeat in the general elections, with trends of ongoing vote counting clearly indicating that the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to secure majority.
Senior Congress leader Rajiv Shukla said the party expected to win over 100 seats, failing to predict the poor performance.
"It's time for us to retrospect," he told the media in the capital, as trends indicate that the ruling party may not even get 100 seats in the 543-member Lower House of Parliament.
The Congress leader defended Nehru-Gandhi scion Rahul Gandhi, who led the party to the general elections, saying that the 43- year-old son of party chief Sonia Gandhi "cannot be blamed" for the poor show of the Congress, which has ruled India for the past 60 years.
Although results are yet to be announced, trends clearly show that the BJP is leading as votes are being counted in over 1,000 centers across the country, and it is poised to form the next government solely, without the support of its allies of the National Democratic Alliance.
Exit polls have predicted a victory for the BJP and worst ever defeat for the Congress party, facing anti-incumbency for its failure to check corruption and inflation.
BJP front runner Narendra Modi has secured his seat in the lower house, paving the way for donning the post as the prime minister.