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Vote erosion leaves saffron camp anxious in Kerala

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Express News Service
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  For the BJP state management, the gradual improve in vote share had at all times been a secure excuse for its failure to win the projected variety of seats in successive elections. However, the dip within the NDA’s total vote share within the simply concluded meeting election has disadvantaged the state unit of credible causes to persuade the central management which might quickly take an in depth inventory of the election outcomes.

The vote share of the BJP and its allies, which was 6.03% within the 2011 meeting election, jumped to 10.81 % in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. It then noticed a substantial rise to 14.96% within the earlier meeting election after which to fifteen.54% within the 2019 Lok Sabha ballot. In the native physique election held final yr, the determine dipped barely to fifteen.02%.  

In the simply held meeting election, BJP alone had recorded a vote share of 11.33%. If the votes of BJP’s allies are additionally taken into consideration, the NDA has provisional vote share of 12.4%, denoting a dip of over 2.5% in comparison with the earlier meeting election. “This is surely a setback as we had projected our vote share to grow at least to 20% in this election,” admitted a senior social gathering chief. What anxious the BJP extra was the whopping 12% erosion of votes in its stronghold Nemom when in comparison with the earlier meeting ballot. 

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had claimed that the BJP’s vote share suffered a dip in round 90 of the 140 constituencies. He additionally went on to allege that BJP’s vote erosion contributed to UDF’s win in lots of seats.

The runner-up seatsHowever, the BJP managed to emerge runner-up in 9 constituencies this time. Interestingly, the social gathering had clinched the second spot in seven of those seats within the earlier meeting election as effectively.

Among the seats the place the BJP emerged runner-up this time, the social gathering was capable of improve its vote share in Palakkad (+6.26%), Attingal (+5.94%), Chathannur (+5.69%), Manjeshwar (+2%) and Malampuzha (+1.78%) when in comparison with the earlier meeting election.

Among its different key seats, the saffron social gathering suffered vote erosion in Kasaragod (-3.89%) Vattiyoorkavu (-3.1%) and Kazhakkoottam (-2.84%) in comparison with the 2016 meeting election. Ironically, numerous BJP heavyweights had campaigned in a few of these seats within the run-up to the election.