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Independents, small parties spoiled the show for Cong

They may not have secured many seats, but parties such as the Samajwadi Party (SP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) as well Independents did their job well - denting the vote share of the two major parties, the BJP and Congress. In fact, their gain was mostly the Congress party's loss. Neelam Pandey and Hamari Jamatia reports. Performance index

india Updated: Jan 15, 2013 12:11 IST
Neelam Pandey

They may not have secured many seats, but parties such as the Samajwadi Party (SP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) as well Independents did their job well - denting the vote share of the two major parties, the BJP and Congress. In fact, their gain was mostly the Congress party's loss.

Data released by the Delhi State Election Commission shows that in North Delhi, these parties hit the Congress so bad that it was nearly 10% behind the BJP.

In East Delhi, considered a Congress stronghold, the party suffered as independent candidates secured more than 15% of the total votes polled.

In east Delhi, the BJP polled 35.02% of the votes and the Congress got 30.34%. So, had there been fewer independent candidates, the result in this corporation could have gone in any party's favour.

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But all may not be entirely lost for the Congress. Though it failed to secure a majority in any corporation, its vote share did register a rise of 1.37%. The BJP's vote share, on the other hand, rose only by 0.54%.

The BSP got 9.99% or 6,14,250 of the around 61 lakh votes polled. According to the State Election Commission, the BJP polled 22,57,848 votes or 36.71% while the Congress got 18,78,605 or 30.54%.

Of the 272 wards in the three corporations together, the BJP won 138, the Congress 77 and the BSP 15 seats.

The NCP, which had fielded 81 candidates, won six seats but managed to grab 2.26% of the total votes polled. Similarly, the SP fielded 107 candidates and managed to win only two seats, but secured 1.93% of the votes.

Independent candidates, especially in south Delhi where a number of rebels had contested, managed to snatch a significant number of votes from the two major parties. In south Delhi, they garnered more than 17% of the total 22 lakh votes polled.

"Even though the smaller parties did not win many seats, they managed to get a sizeable chunk of the votes and affected the total tally," said a senior Congress leader.

For instance, in Munirka, Independent candidate Pramila Tokas won by getting 33% of the total votes.

In north Delhi's Inderpuri, a BJP candidate won as a BSP candidate managed to secure 22% of the total votes polled, resulting in Congress's loss.