The Congress on Sunday virtually conceded defeat in Karnataka Assembly polls, saying getting an absolute majority was not absolutely possible because of the three-way split in votes.
Union Minister and AICC General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka Prithviraj Chavan said the party may not be able to reach the half-way mark.
The reason, he said, was that with the JD(S) doing well in a limited way, secular votes were divided and that affected the Congress.
Asked whether it was possible for the party to align with the JD(S), he said these decisions would be taken at the level of the Congress Working Committee and the party high command.
He also blamed the delayed delimitation and defective voters' list as reasons that contributed to the Congress' bad performance.