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    In 8 UP seats, BJP win margin less than votes of Congress candidates

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    For the BJP, which won 64 seats in UP, there were all reasons to smile as its vote share grew to 49.6% from 42.3% even as it won nine fewer seats.

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    In eight constituencies – Badaun, Banda, Barabanki, Basti, Dhaurahra, Meerut, Sant Kabir Nagar and Sultanpur – the winning margins of the BJP candidates were less than the votes polled by the Congress candidates.
    The Congress cost the SP-BSP-RLD alliance a win in nearly 10 seats in Uttar Pradesh even as its candidates lost their deposits in at least 60 seats and finished second in just three seats, belying the claims of its general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra during the campaign that the party was either winning or harming the BJP.

    In eight constituencies – Badaun, Banda, Barabanki, Basti, Dhaurahra, Meerut, Sant Kabir Nagar and Sultanpur – the winning margins of the BJP candidates were less than the votes polled by the Congress candidates, a close look at the detailed results showed.

    Besides, the Machhlishahr seat was contested by a Congress ally, Jan Adhikar Party, whose candidate polled more votes than the winning margin. And in Sitapur, the winning margin of the BJP candidate was around 100,000 while the Congress candidate polled 96,018 votes, contributing heavily to the loss of the alliance candidate.

    After the BSP and SP had kept the Congress out of the opposition alliance, some analysts had argued that the Congress would help split the upper caste votes that traditionally go to the BJP, but that does not seem to have happened. The Congress finished second in just three constituencies – Amethi, Kanpur and Fatehpur Sikri – where Rahul Gandhi, Sriprakash Jaiswal and Raj Babbar, respectively, contested from but lost to BJP candidates.

    For the BJP, which won 64 seats in UP, there were all reasons to smile as its vote share grew to 49.6% from 42.3% even as it won nine fewer seats. Samajwadi Party’s vote share fell to 18% from 22.2% in the previous election while the Bahujan Samaj Party’s dropped marginally to 19.3% from 19.6%.

    SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav’s winning margin in Mainpuri fell drastically and the party lost all three seats it had won in last year’s bypolls – Kairana, Gorakhpur and Phulpur – showing that the BSP was not able to transfer votes of its traditional supporters. The worst off was RLD, which lost all three seats it contested, with both party chief Ajit Singh and his son Jayant Chaudhary losing, implying that Jats, the party’s traditional supporters, sided with the BJP.
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    16 Comments on this Story

    Dhanasekaran Balasubramanian486 days ago
    it is only after sp and bsp decided to go it alone bjp raised their hope and tried and formed alliance in tamil nadu later in few other states. it is the decision of sp and bsp to go it alone leaving congress and forming alliance in tamil nadu the situation changed in favour of bjp. only akhilesh yadav and mayawati are responsible for the debacle.
    Rajan Shri487 days ago
    Presumption that all Congress voter would have voted for gatbhandan is incorrect and flawed
    Sandeep Sharma487 days ago
    Foolish article despite knowing the recent results. it''s not a 1 1, had they made pre-poll alliance, the dissatisfaction would have caused more cross-voting and BJP could have benefited.
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