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Cong, BJP vote share falls

Cong increased its tally from 31 to 40 in HP despite a 3% fall in its vote share compared to the 1998 polls.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2003 18:55 IST

Congress increased its tally from 31 to 40 in the 60-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly despite a three per cent fall in its vote share compared to the 1998 elections, while the BJP's strength in the house fell from 29 to 16 with a 3.5 per cent decline in the votes.

An increase of 14 per cent in the vote share of independents and smaller parties contributed to the decline in percentage of votes polled by Congress and BJP.

The Congress' vote share fell from 43.5 per cent in 1998 to 40.5 per cent in 2003 and that of the saffron party from 39.03 to 35.5 per cent.

Former Union Minister Sukh Ram's Haryana Vikas Congress (HVC), which had a post-poll pact with the BJP in 1998 and fought the present elections alone, suffered a loss of 4.4 per cent in its vote share, bagging 5.5 per cent of the votes.

The surge in the vote share of independents was mainly due to the presence of rebels from both Congress and BJP in a number of seats.

However, it was BJP which suffered more damage with its prospects marred in at least 10 constituencies while the Congress was affected in at least seven constituencies.

While BJP rebel Naveen Dhiman and two independents supported by the party dissidents won the elections defeating official party nominees, the saffron party lost Hamirpur, Chopal, Theog, Shallai, Nadaun, Kangra, Bhatiyat, Kullu, Ani and Arki seats due to presence of rebel candidates.

However, BJP won Solan, Malagarh, Kutlehar and Nadaunata seats despite the presence of rebels.

First Published: Mar 03, 2003 10:32 IST