New Delhi: In a landslide victory wherein the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the elections on May 23, the party crossed 50 per cent vote share in almost 13 states and union territories. According to preliminary data available on the Election Commission (EC) website, the national vote share of the party surged higher than its 2014 vote share which stood at 31.34 per cent.
The Congress, on the other hand, managed to cross the 50 per cent vote share mark only in Puducherry. In some of the most important states such as Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, the Congress party’s voting percentage could not even cross a single digit mark.
According to preliminary data available on the ECI website, Congress could receive a vote share of about six per cent in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal and seven per cent in Bihar. In Andhra Pradesh and Sikkim, the tally could be worse at just one per cent. While Congress managed to touch 40 per cent in Punjab, in Puducherry it gained 57 per cent vote share.
Against this, the BJP got 50 per cent vote share in Uttar Pradesh and higher in some of the most crucial states in the Hindi heartland such as Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand along with Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Chandigarh, Delhi, Arunachal Pradesh and Jharkhand.
In West Bengal, which witnessed a fiercely fought election campaign with clashes between TMC and BJP, the party secured 40 per cent vote share. In Jammu and Kashmir too, BJP scored 46 per cent vote share.
And while Modi made history by becoming the first non-Congress PM to return to power with a full majority for a second term, the BJP, while achieving the feat, has come a long way since 1984, when it got two seats in the Lok Sabha. From 7.74 per cent vote share in 1984, the party’s vote share has been consistently rising.
In 1998, it witnessed 25.59 per cent vote share and surged ahead in 2014. The Congress, on the other hand, had managed 45 per cent vote share in the first elections in 1952, touched a record high of 48.1 per cent in 1984. In 2014, the Congress vote share dropped to its all-time low of 19.5 per cent.