The Congress managed a face-saver of sorts on Monday, winning 33 of 39 seats in the Mizoram assembly.
The party, which was routed in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Delhi, was leading in one more seat in the northeastern state.
Opposition Mizo National Front came a distant second with five seats.
It was Congress’s second straight win and its fourth electoral victory in the state since it was formed in 1987.
Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla’s new land use policy — a sop to farmers — appears to have swung it in favour of Congress.