Lok Sabha Election

Voting pattern shows BJP's vote share was above 48% in six phases

BJP president Amit Shah at the party headquarters in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

A comparison of phase-wise vote shares of the BJP and the Congress in the 2019 Lok Sabha election shows that the BJP's contested vote share remained above 48% except during the first phase, while the Congress' share consistently hovered around 20-30%.

Although the BJP contested in a substantial number of seats in the first two phases, its overall vote share was significantly lower compared to its performance in the other phases, since it fared poorly in most of south India. It polled over half of the total votes in the fifth phase conducted on May 12.

In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, which went to the polls in the first phase, the BJP's contested vote share was 1% and 19.45% respectively. YSRCP and TRS polled the most votes in those States.

 

In the second phase, the BJP performed marginally better. But it put up a poor show in Tamil Nadu where its contested vote share was 28.52%. The DMK dominated in the State.

In the third phase, the Congress polled close to 25% of the overall votes, its highest among all phases. The party's vote share failed to go above 20% in the other phases.

In the fourth phase, despite receiving only 17% of the contested votes in Kerala, the BJP garnered over 40% of the overall votes due to its dominance in Gujarat, Maharashtra and northern Uttar Pradesh.

Comparison with 2014

The BJP's highest vote share was in Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Uttarakhand. In these States it improved its 2014 performance. Its lowest vote share was in Sikkim, Andhra Pradesh and Lakshadweep.

 

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