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UP polls: BJP’s votes soar since 2012; slight drop since 2014

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 13, 2018 Published on March 11, 2017

The BJP has more than doubled its vote share in Uttar Pradesh. Bhopal BJP workers celebrate the party’s victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand Assembly elections. Photo: A M Faruqi   -  The Hindu

However, there is a slight drop since the Lok Sabha polls of 2014.

The BJP has more than doubled its vote share in Uttar Pradesh to nearly 40 per cent since the last assembly elections though there is a slight drop since the Lok Sabha polls of 2014.

The BJP did even better in the neighbouring Uttarakhand with 46.5 per cent vote share, though down from nearly 56 per cent in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

In Punjab, where the Congress was headed for a victory, the BJP saw its vote share decline to just about 5.4 per cent, down from nearly 9 per cent in the 2014 elections. The party also saw its vote share drop in Goa to nearly 32.5 per cent from over 54 per cent though it saw a big jump in Manipur to close to 36.2 per cent from 12 per cent.

The BJP’s rival parties — the SP, the BSP and the Congress — have all seen their vote shares decline sharply since the 2012 assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh though there is surprisingly not much change since their share in the Lok Sabha elections of 2014.

While the BJP has emerged victorious in UP after 14 years with over 3.4 crore votes, the rivals appeared to have failed in converting their vote shares into an equivalent seat share.

As per the results, the BJP has got a grant victory by winning 311 seats in the 403-member Assembly.

In terms of the vote share data, as available with the Election Commission, the BJP was polled 39.7 per cent, followed by the BSP with 22.2 per cent and SP 21.8 per cent.

Congress could get only 6.3 per cent (over 54 lakh votes).

Among others, the Rashtriya Lok Dal got less than 2 per cent vote share and the CPI had just 0.2 per cent, while 0.9 per cent or over 7.5 lakh votes were cast for NOTA (None Of The Above).

Independent candidates won three seats with 2.6 per cent votes.

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Published on March 11, 2017
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