New Delhi: The BJP has more than doubled itsvote share in Uttar Pradesh to close to 40 per cent since the last assembly elections though there is a slight drop since the Lok Sabha polls of 2014.
The BJP did even better in the neighbouring Uttarakhand with over 46 per cent vote share, though down from nearly 56 per cent in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
In Punjab, where the Congress was headed for a victory, the BJP saw its vote share decline to just about 5 per cent, down from nearly 9 per cent in the 2014 elections. The party also saw its vote share drop in Goa to nearly 33 per cent from over 54 per cent though it saw a big jump in Manipur to close to 35 per cent from 12 per cent.
The BJP’s rival parties — the SP, the BSP and the Congress — have all seen their vote shares decline sharply since the 2012 assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh though there is surprisingly not much change since their share in the Lok Sabha elections of 2014.
While the BJP has emerged victorious in UP after 14 years, the rivals appeared to have failed in converting their vote shares into an equivalent seat share.
As per the latest trends, the BJP was seen heading for victory on nearly 300 seats in the 403-member Assembly.
In terms of the latest vote share data, as available with the Election Commission, the BJP polled 39.6 per cent, followed by the SP and the BSP with 22 per cent each while the Congress was seen getting over 6 per cent.
Among others, the Rashtriya Lok Dal was seen getting less than 2 per cent vote share and the CPI had just 0.2 per cent, while 0.9 per cent votes were cast for NOTA (None Of The Above).
Independent candidates who were seen as leading on three seats polled 2.5 per cent votes. PTI
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