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The fine print: Vote share reveals a different story for BJP

HT Correspondents , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 10, 2013
First Published: 01:23 IST(10/12/2013) | Last Updated: 02:04 IST(10/12/2013)

Now that the dust has settled on the BJP's election victories on Sunday, an analysis of the numbers gives interesting insights on the performance of major parties in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Chhattisgarh.

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The BJP might have emerged as the largest party in Delhi, but an analysis shows that it managed to win 32 seats in the 70 member assembly despite recording its lowest vote share numbers in 20 years.

The Aam Aadmi Party came as a blessing in disguise to the BJP , since AAP ate into more Congress votes than those of the saffron party. The Congress' vote share fell by almost 16% to its lowest since the Delhi assembly was constituted in 1993.

The counting of votes saw a nail-biting finish in Chhattisgarh on Sunday. Interestingly, while the BJP has won 10 more seats than the Cong, it's vote share was a mere 0.77% more than that of the Congress.

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The Congress gained 9 seats in the tribal belt, but the BJP compensated by winning ten seats from the plains – the Raipur and Bilaspur divisions.

With massive increase of vote share by 11.76%, the BJP in Rajasthan witnessed a landslide victory. The BJP's share of vote has risen from 34.27% in last assembly polls to 46.03% in 2013 polls. The share of Congress fell by 3.14%, which translated into a decrease of 75 seats. 

The high turnout and the Modi factor went in the BJP's favour here — helping even the weak party candidates to board the ship to the state legislative assembly.

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In Madhya Pradesh, both BJP and the Congress increased their vote share in the 2013 assembly elections. The BJP recorded a vote percentage of 44.87 %, surpassing its previous high of 42.5% in 2003. The Congress recorded an increase of 3.97% in its vote share.

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Interestingly, the none of the above (NOTA) option, introduced for the first time, cornered 1.9% percentage of the votes cast and emerged as the 4th largest party in that sense after the BJP, Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party (6.28%)

With inputs from Ejaz Kaiser in Raipur, Chetan Chauhan and Aloke Tikku in Delhi, Sachin Saini in Jaipur and Rahul Noronha in Bhopal.

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