Politics is all about power and election is a mere number game. Here, the end justifies the means and only winners are true. Victoryis the single parameter with which the entire system of polity is judged. Losers may have a number of excuses but in the ultimate analysis, excuses are never taken for granted. So an election is seen from the single criteria of loss and gain. The terms like swing, increase of voteâ€“share and winning some votes in the unfamiliar territory may be issues of debate and discussion. But losers know that these are mere consolations as this will not change the course. The result of the Assam PanchayatElection 2013 once again proved the dominance of the Congress party in the electoral politics of the state. For more than a decade now; it has been the Congress and Congress all through. After the stunning performance in the last Assembly election, election forrural Assam proved to be a good harvest for the ruling party. This isnot surprising. This happens in politics. But the question is that the Congress seems be scoring victory without any opposition; the game ultimately ends throughpenalty shootâ€“out despite the vigorous campaign during the stipulated time of election campaign. The Oppositionsâ€™ fight continues until the EVMs and Ballot Boxes are opened. As the counting begins; it shows people of Assam rejecting the oppositions. This is an open secret today. Yes, after the verdict of the Panchayat election 2013, the Congress can really afford to say that the party represents todayâ€™s Assam. Its presence is really allâ€“pervasive. The Congress under the leadership of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi seems too strong forthe entire opposition. One must not forget the fact that the Congress not only had to fight theopposition but the dissident Congress cadres who contested as independent candidates too. Inspite of this election being held on the backdrop of the BTAD violence, the Congress managed to win the confidence of the minorities to a substantial level. The party fought against undeclared united opposition of AGP, BJP and AIUDF. Still the party won in most of the areas. The marginal rise of the AIUDF and theBJP in some limited areas could virtually make no impact. If the AIUDF and the BJP think that their job is done by capturing twoâ€“three Zilla Parishads and some block and village Panchayats; they are living in a foolâ€˜s paradise. This will certainly encourage the Congress, if the opposition overrates their meagre success. The Arithmetic that emerged after the election placed the Congress in such a dominating position that the party can really ignore this and it is doing so. The Congress leadership has reallydisplayed wisdom by proving their presence among the minorities at a time the term minority in Assam has become a debatable issue. This was a clear message for the AIUDF that the party should not suffer from the phobia that it has attained, representing the status of the minorities of Assam. The reality is that the AIUDF has still very limitedpresence among the minorities. Election results in the Barrack Valley, Nogaon, Marigaon and even Barpeta and Dhubri do not show that the AIUDF has the allâ€“pervasive presence. The Congress is still there with considerable strength. This has exposed the hollowness of the AIUDFâ€™s claims. Assam has proved to be just not fit for the BJPâ€™s hunting ground. After almost three decades the BJP leadership seems satisfied calling the party is emerging but has failed to extend its presence. While there is no doubt that the BJP performed relatively better in Dibrugarh and Tinisukia, it failed to keep intact the voteâ€“bank of Barak Valley and other areas. The reality is that the BJPâ€™s presence istoo confined to be a decisive factor in Assam politics. The party is old enough in Assam, but its leadership does not think rationally as to why the people of Assam are rejecting them over and over again. The BJP is a party without a policy in Assam. So long, the party comes with a policy related to the day to day needs of the people, the party willremain just marginally present in Assam politics. Truly the BJP cannot be relevant in Assam in the present form. But is the state BJP leadership listening? The real strength of the Congress today certainly is that the party has emerged as the new avatar Assamese nationalism. This election clearly displayed that the present Assamese society is fragmented over the issues of ethnicity and subâ€“nationalism. This has made the AGP irrelevant. The regional party that captured power blowing the tune of Assamese nationalism has even lost the status of being the Principle opposition in the Assam Assembly. The AGP is an exhausted political party today. The reason being; the Congress has tactically hijacked the AGPâ€™s agenda. The Congress has won the confidence of those who oncebelieved in the rhetoric of AGP.