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BJP gears up to focus on new voters

india Updated: Apr 07, 2009 14:22 IST

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With low voter turnout having affected the party's electoral fortunes in Uttar Pradesh in the past, the BJP has set a target for every party worker to bring 50 new voters into its fold.

"As far as the voter tendency is concerned, the reluctance on the part of the BJP voter costed us dear both in the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. The voters of the other parties voted, while our voters did not," UP BJP chief Ramapati Ram Tripathi said.

Quoting records, he said "The BJP in the 1998 general elections won 58 Lok Sabha seats from UP with a voting percentage of 55.5. In 1999 general elections, the party managed to get 29 seats and the voting percentage declined by two per cent to 53.4".

The last Lok Sabha polls in 2004 saw the party getting 11 seats, as the voting percentage dwindled to 48.5 per cent.

Similar was the picture in the UP assembly polls. The party won 176 seats out of 425 seats with a voting percentage of 57.13 per cent in 1993. In the 1996 assembly polls despite a fall in voting percentage to 55.73 per cent, the party managed to retain 176 seats.

In 2002, the further dip in voting percentage to 53 per cent reduced the number of seats won by the party to 88 (out of 403), while the decline in the voting percentage to less than 50 per cent (46 per cent) in the 2007 Assembly polls costed the party quite heavy and it could win only 51 seats.