This unusual looking map seeks to depict the new electoral arithmetic in which the BJP's dominance is overwhelming.

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This cartogram represents the percentage vote share of the BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls; a cartogram is a map in which the geographical boundaries are reworked to represent a numerical value like population.

As can be seen, the cartogram seeks to project the vote share of the BJP alone and does not take into account the performance of its alliance partners. The more the percentage vote share, the larger the State - that is why the map is visually dominated by states towards the North, like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Himachal, Chattisgarh and so on. And some states with a lower BJP vote share have 'shrunk'.

During the transformation, a ratio between the percentages and the State areas has been maintained with allowance being given for an error margin. Here is the cartogram rendered in a diferent manner:

Union territories like Lakshadweep and Andaman have been excluded from the data-based transformation due to technical reasons. The vote percentage is based on data available on the website of the Election Commission of India.