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Gujarat: BJP vote share slumps since 2014; up from 2012 level

BJP president Amit Shah gestures while being welcomed on his arrival at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Monday, after the party’s victory in the assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Photo: PTIPremium
BJP president Amit Shah gestures while being welcomed on his arrival at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Monday, after the party’s victory in the assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Photo: PTI

The difference in vote share between BJP and Congress works out to be around 7.7%, in line with a shrinking gap witnessed since the 2007 assembly polls in Gujarat

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) vote share in Gujarat has slumped sharply since the 2014 Lok Sabha polls when it clocked nearly 60% votes, while that of Congress has improved significantly — still not good enough for the Rahul Gandhi-led party to win sufficient number of seats.

As per the results declared today by the Election Commission, the BJP has got close to 49.1% votes, down from nearly 60% in 2014 but somewhat higher than nearly 48% it polled in the 2012 state assembly polls.

On the other hand, Congress’ vote share has risen to about 41.4% this time — up from 33% in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and also higher than around 39% in the 2012 assembly polls. The difference in vote share between the two parties works out to be around 7.7%, in line with a shrinking gap witnessed since the 2007 assembly polls in the western state.

In 2007, the BJP’s vote share was 49.12% as against 39.63% of the Congress, the gap being 9.49%. This gap further reduced to 9% in 2012. The gap was much wider at 10.4% in the assembly polls held immediately after the 2002 riots, which is said to have sharply polarised the electorate.

The difference in vote share was nearly 30% in 2014, the year BJP stormed to power at the centre riding a pan-India Narendra Modi wave and had won all seats from Gujarat. After a complete rout in 2014, the Congress has improved its performance while its seat tally has also improved from the 2012 levels.

As per the results declared on Monday, the independents have scored 4.3% votes in Gujarat, while 1.8% voters opted for none of the above (NOTA). No party other than Congress and the BJP could get even 1% votes.

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