India to have one party rule after 25 years

Updated - October 18, 2016 03:01 pm IST

Published - May 16, 2014 08:11 pm IST - New Delhi

In an era of coalition politics, BJP has virtually done the impossible by wining a majority on its own, putting India under single party rule after 25 years.

The scale and significance of BJP’s victory could be gauged from the fact that since 1989, no single party could form government on its own.

The last 25 years were marked by various types of coalition governments led by Congress, BJP as also United Front and a minority government.

While emerging as the party with a majority of its own, the BJP has also managed to increase its vote share in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

As per the latest data available, BJP’s vote share stood at 32.3 per cent of the total votes polled. Till 6 pm, BJP had won 128 seats and was leading in 155 other.

Its victory march has been so impressive that it has put its sway over the entire states of Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Delhi.

Its vote share in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections was 18.80 per cent of the total votes polled.

It was in 1984 that Congress managed a majority of its own in the Lok Sabha. The elections that year were held in the aftermath of the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

In 2009, Congress’ vote share stood at 28.55 per cent.

Facing rout in many states, its vote share now stands at 20.1 per cent. According to latest trends, it has so far won 19 seats and is leading in 26.

The vote share figures will change by the time the last official result is announced.

The BSP, which had won 21 seats in 2009 general elections, had grabbed a vote share of 6.17 per cent. Though it has so far failed to open its account even in Uttar Pradesh, its vote share stands at 4.4 per cent.

Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, which had won 19 Lok Sabha seats in 2009, had managed a vote share of 31.21 per cent.

In these elections, the party has so far won 10 seats and is leading in 24 others. Despite an impressive performance, its vote share has dipped to 4.1 per cent.

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