May 24, 2019 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: The counting of votes for Lok Sabha elections 2019 was held in Punjab yesterday. Congress won 8 seats, Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and its ally Bhartiya Janta Party bagged 2 seats each while the Aam Aadmi Party manage to save 1 seat. In 2014 Congress had won only 3 seats and its tally had rose to 4 after it won Gurdaspur Lok Sabha by-election in 2017. In previous (2014) elections SAD-B and AAP had bagged 4 seats each while BJP had won 2 seats at that time too, but it had lost one of these two was later to the Congress party in 2017 by-election after its Gurdaspur MP Vinod Khanna had died.
In 2014 Aam Aadmi Party was a fresh player in Punjab politics and it had surprised many by taking out large chunk of vote share. AAP’s vote share in 2014 was 24.5%. The sudden rise of party in Punjab politics had started to decline even before 2017 state assembly elections due to in-house fighting that further worsened after the state polls. As a result the party’s vote share in 2019 Lok Sabha elections came down to 7.4%. As compared to 2014 Lok Sabah elections, AAP has lost 17.1% of vote share in 2019.
While Aam Aadmi Party has lost its vote share, the Congress party, SAD (B), BJP and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has gained it.
In 2014 Congress party had lost 12.13% vote share. It had secured 33.2% votes in 2014 but the figure rose to 40.1% after yesterday’s counting. Congress gained 6.9% vote share in 2019 as compared to 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The party had won just 3 seats in Punjab in 2014 but it managed to bag 8 seats after yesterday’s counting for Lok Sabha 2019.
In 2014 SAD (B) had lost 7.55% vote share as its’ figure was reduced to 26.30%. The figure rose to 27.4% yesterday with a gain of 1.1% as compared to 2014 Lok Sabha elections. SAD (B) had contested 10 seats in 2014 and 2019.
BJP, that had lost 1.36% vote share in 2014 when its vote share figure was 8.70%. It gained 0.93% as its figure after yesterday’s counting stands at 9.3%. BJP contested 3 seats in 2014 and 2019 in Punjab.
BSP too has gained vote share in 2019 elections as compared to 2014 elections. Party’s vote share in 2014 was 1.9% when it had contested all 13 seats in Punjab. In 2019 BSP contested only 3 seats but its overall vote share rose to 3.49%.
Overall scenario is that the Congress party has benefitted the most from Aam Aadmi Party’s vote share loss in Punjab.
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