EXPANDING BJP FOOTPRINTS


WEST BENGAL

The BJP more than doubled its voter base in Bengal, from 17 per cent in 2014, to nearly 41 per cent in 2019. This helped the BJP increase its seat tally from 2 to 18. This poses a serious threat to the existence of TMC and the political ambitions of Mamata Banerjee, the two-time chief minister.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) lost around 12 seats from last time.
The BJP gained vote share by severely denting the support base of the Left parties. The vote share of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) plummeted from 23 per cent in 2014, to less than 7 per cent. The BJP also ate away half of the Congress’s base too.

ODISHA

In Odisha too, the BJP is now standing neck and neck against the Biju Janata Dal (BJD). The BJP’s vote share in the state jumped from 22 per cent to 38 per cent. In comparison, the vote share of the BJD dropped two percentage points, but remained at about 42 per cent.

As a result, the Modi-led BJP poached seven seats from the BJD, and increased its tally to eight. The Congress, which got 26 per cent votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Odisha, reduced its influence to about 14 per cent, but won one seat. From 20 seats in 2014, BJD’s tally went down to 12 this time.

KARNATAKA

The BJP had emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka Assembly elections in 2018, with 36 per cent votes and 104 seats in the 224-seat Assembly, falling marginally short of majority. However, in 2019, it has now garnered more than 50 per cent vote share in the southern state, winning 25 of the 28 seats.

Here, the BJP severely dented the support base of the Congress, whose vote share dropped significantly from 41 per cent in 2014 general election, to 32 per cent this year. As a result, Karnataka became the playground for Congress’s biggest defeat in the country. It lost eight seats, retaining just one in a state where it is in power, in coalition with the Janata Dal (Secular). The JD(S) remained a silent spectator, with a trample damage of losing one seat.

TELANGANA

The absence of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) from the contest in Telangana threw up a surprising result. All three parties BJP, Congress and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, improved their vote share. But the BJP expended its effort in select seats, winning in four seats, respectively. The BJP nearly doubled its vote share, becoming a formidable force in the state. Though TRS won a landslide in the Assembly elections six months ago, it lost two seats in the Lok Sabha election to the BJP.