Sharp division in non-BJP votes helped saffron party sweep Uttar Pradesh

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Lucknow, March 11: BJP on Saturday added a new chapter in the history of Uttar Pradesh by winning 312 seats in the elections for 403-Member Assembly. Besides other factors, sharp division in non-BJP votes has also hugely helped the saffron party get the thumping majority. Out of 312, BJP has won 70 seats out of 86 reserved constituencies while its two allies have got 3 seats each. In 2012, BJP had won only 3 seats in the reserved belt of UP. What is the reason for this sweep this time?

A close look at the votes polled in each of the 84 SC seats and 2 ST seats reveals that the sharp division of votes between candidates of SP/Congress alliance and BSP of Mayawati helped BJP sweep the reserved belt.

Out of 70 reserved seats that BJP has won, there are 45 seats where candidates of SP-Congress alliance and BSP together polled far more votes than the winning BJP candidates.

Take Rampur Maniharan seat for example. BJP candidate has won this seat with 76,465 votes. While Congress candidate got 61,787 votes, BSP got 75,870 votes. If we combine these two votes it stands at 1,37,657 votes that is far far more than the votes polled by BJP candidate.

Same has happened on other seats. See the table below.

This time, SP could win only 6 reserved seats while in 2012 it had won 58 seats.

Similarly, BSP, which had won 15 seats last time, could win just 3 seats this time.

How division of votes help BJP sweep reserved seats in UP in 2017
Reserved Seats
Votes polled by winner BJP
Votes polled by SP/Cong
Votes polled by BSP
Rampur Maniharan (SC)
76465
61787 (Cong)
75870
Purqazi (SC)
77491
66238 (Cong)
46401
Nehtaur (SC)
76644
53493 (Cong)
47059
Chandausi (SC)
104806
59337 (Cong)
51049
Milak (SC)
89631
72969 (SP)
39141
Dhanaura (SC)
102943
64714 (SP)
51952
Hastinapur (SC)
99436
48979 (SP)
63374
Baldev (SC)
88411
75203 (RLD)
53539
Agra Cantt. (SC)
113178
64683 (SP)
66853
Jalesar (SC)
81502
61694 (SP)
35817
Bisauli (SC)
100287
89599 (SP)
32398
Faridpur (SC)
83656
58935 (SP)
37680
Kasta (SC)
92824
68551 (SP)
41778
Hargaon (SC)
101680
50211 (SP)
56685
Misrikh (SC)
86403
61231 (SP)
65731
Gopamau (SC)
87871
56493 (SP)
49847
Sandi (SC)
72044
51819 (Cong)
50725
Balamau (SC)
74917
43507 (SP)
52029
Safipur (SC)
84068
48506 (SP)
56832
Malihabad (SC)
94677
72009 (SP)
53481
Bachhrawan (SC)
65324
43015 (Cong)
33582
Salon (SC)
78028
61973 (Cong)
39851
Jagdishpur (SC)
84219
67619 (Cong)
31338
Kadipur (SC)
87353
32042 (Cong)
60749
Bharthana (SC)
82005
80037 (SP)
61838
Auraiya (SC)
83580
39201 (SP)
51718
Rasulabad (SC)
88390
54996 (SP)
41060
Bilhaur (SC)
102326
60023 (SP)
71160
Mauranipur (SC)
98905
81934 (SP)
77919
Manjhanpur (SC)
92818
33717 (SP)
88658
Soraon (SC)
Apna Dal (Soneylal) 77814
54345 (SP)
60079
Bara (SC)
79209
45156 (SP)
37052
Zaidpur (SC)
111064
81883 (Cong)
48095
Haidergarh (SC)
97497
63977 (SP)
48600
Milkipur (SC)
86960
58684 (SP)
46027
Alapur (SC)
72366
59853 (SP)
58591
Balrampur (SC)
89401
64541 (SP)
26011
Mahadewa (SC)
82429
47914 (SP)
56545
Dhanghata (SC)
79572
62663 (SP)
51938
Khajani (SC)
71492
42085 (SP)
51413
Bansgaon (SC)
71966
44051 (SP)
49093
Salempur (SC)
76175
50521 (SP)
28152
Muhammadabad- Gohna (SC)
73493
59871 (SP)
72955
Belthara Road (SC)
77504
59185 (SP)
47297
Kerakat (SC)
84078
68819 (SP)
66307
Jakhanian (SC)
Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party – 84158
79001 (SP)
67077
Chakia (SC)
96890
48687 (SP)
76827
Ajagara (SC)
Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party – 83778
62429 (SP)
52480
Aurai (SC)
83325
63546 (SP)
49059
Duddhi (ST)
Apna Dal (Soneylal) -64399
46090 (Cong)
63314

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