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Kairana Lok Sabha bypoll: One chart to explain vote arithmetic

Byelections to Uttar Pradesh’s Kairana Lok Sabha will be held on May 28, making it one of the hotly contested political fights in recent times.

india Updated: May 24, 2018 13:22 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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An official tallies candidates’ names on the Electronic Voting Machines in Bengaluru on May 11, 2018. (Arijit Sen/HT File Photo)

Byelections to Uttar Pradesh’s Kairana Lok Sabha will be held on May 28, making it one of the hotly contested political fights in recent times.

The by-election in Kairana was necessitated after the death of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Hukum Dev Singh, who won the seat in 2014 by a huge margin in a bitterly polarised contest following unprecedented communal riots in the region. The BJP is defending Kairana against a united opposition in the byelection. Its candidate, Hukum Dev Singh’s daughter Mriganka, is up against Tabassum Hasan, who is contesting on an Rashtriya Lok Dal ticket and has the support of the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Congress party as well.

Kairana is a prestige fight for the BJP following the defeat of its candidates to those of the SP, supported by the BSP, in by-elections to the Lok Sabha from Gorakhpur and Phulpur in March. Here’s one chart to explain the vote arithmetic in Kairana.

Advantage Opposition
In 2014, BJP won Kairana by a margin of 2.45 lakh votes. Even the total votes polled by the opposition fell short of BJP’s tally.
By 2017, however, the margins had shrunk in the assembly elections. The combined vote tally of opposition parties was ahead of BJP’s by more than 2 lakh votes.
In 2014, RLD had an alliance with Congress. In 2017, the Congress fought the elections in an alliance with the SP.

First Published: May 24, 2018 13:08 IST