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Uttar Pradesh: Decoding LS election voting patterns - Suryakiran Tiwari, NitiCentral
BJP won 73 seats in Uttar Pradesh (+63) from 2009. This record performance propelled BJP to not only form the Government at the Centre but also to get majority on its own (282). While a lot has been written about how Amit Shah ensured this grand win, there were some observations in voting shares which make for interesting reading. Congress got the lowest vote share (8.4 per cent), but still managed to get two. seats. Samajwadi Party’s vote share reduced by only 1.1 per cent (22.2 per cent vs 23.3 per cent)...
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The maths of BJP’s electoral win - Neelanjan Sircar, BusinessLine
In the post-mortem of the general election, much has been made of the fact that the Bhartiya Janata Party won 282 seats, 52 per cent of the contestable seats, on just 31 per cent of the vote-share. By contrast, in 2009, the Congress had got just 206 seats, 38 per cent of the contestable seats, on 29 per cent of the vote-share. What explains this great disparity in the number of seats won, given similar vote shares?
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Why polling fails - Frank Luntz, NYT
His pollster, McLaughlin & Associates, found itself trying to explain the impossible — how a projected 34 percent lead for the House majority leader 12 days before the election could end up an 11-point loss on Election Day to David Brat of the Tea Party in the Virginia Republican primary. We’ve all been there. There isn’t a pollster alive — me included — who hasn’t had to take the walk of shame, hat in hand, to explain to an angry client why a predicted outcome simply didn’t happen.
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No real democracy sans the majority - A Surya Prakash, Pioneer
The Congress assumed that it could remain in power simply by securing the minority vote. This arrogant and contemptuous behaviour towards the Hindu community did maximum damage to its prospects in this election. Although three weeks have gone by since the Congress suffered its biggest drubbing in parliamentary elections, not a single Congress leader has been willing to come face to face with the reasons that made the electorate across the country vote out the party with such decisiveness.
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AAP works on stronger show in second leg - Manavi Kapur & Somesh Jha, BusinessStandard
At Delhi's Ram Lila Maidan on December 28 last year, the slogans gradually shifted to Aaj ka CM, kal ka PM (Today's chief minister is tomorrow's prime minister). An hour later, Arvind Kejriwal, leader of the fledgling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), was sworn in as Delhi's chief minister. Amidst the euphoria at the party's good showing in the Delhi assembly elections held on December 4, there were voices that cautioned AAP on its strategy for the Lok Sabha elections.
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Why minority vote consolidation did not happen - Shreyas Sardesai, Hindu
Amid the disaster that Lok Sabha election had for the Congress, there is perhaps a small consolation. While the party performed poorly among its traditional voters, namely Dalits and tribals, the grand old party continues to have the overall support of Muslims, India’s largest religious minority. The National Election Study (NES) shows that the nationwide Muslim vote for the Congress was 38 per cent (excluding allies), the same as it was in 2009.
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Where did the Muslim vote go? - Virender Singh Rawat, Mohammad Safi Shamsi, Supratim Dey & Sahil Makkar, BusinessStandard
Rampur has a 49.1 per cent Muslim population - the highest for any constituency in Uttar Pradesh. Going by convention and probability of winning, the Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), All-India Minority Front and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) fielded Muslim candidates. But the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket went to a Hindu. Some 550 km from Rampur, the political scene was the opposite. The BJP renominated two-time MP and its lone-Muslim face, Shahnawaz Hussain...
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For EC, criticism at home, praise overseas - Anuja, Mint
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi accused it of bias. Voters in Mumbai, including many high-profile ones, criticised it for incomplete voter lists that prevented them from casting their vote. And it had to bear the cross of enforcing a so-called model code of conduct that effectively brought policymaking in the world’s largest democracy to a halt.
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Nehru: Hero of his age, outcast of ours - Ramachandra Guha, Hindustan Times
In 1976, when India was under a State of Emergency, the American journalist AM Rosenthal visited New Delhi. Rosenthal had once been the New York Times’s correspondent here, and greatly admired Jawaharlal Nehru. For he had seen, at first hand, how India’s first prime minister had struggled heroically to establish a democratic ethos in a country marked by pervasive social inequalities and by polarisation on religious lines.
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EC is biggest loser in Bengal - Saugar Sengupta, Pioneer
The way rigging went unabated even during the re-election, it seems democracy has breathed its last in India’s ‘cultural capital’. Democracy, my foot! Where were you when the previous Left Governments were raping it for the last so many years? Don’t ask silly questions. It is not good for your health and security, because not everyone here is in my control. It is very hot and humid here; don’t harm your health. Go back home and take rest. I can give you a vehicle if you want.”
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Election Calendar 2012

By-Elections   June 2

Assembly Constituencies

Neyyanttinkara

Kerala

Cortalim

Goa

By-Elections   June 12

Parliamentary Constituency

Nellore

Andhra Pradesh

Assembly Constituencies

Maheshwar (SC)

Madhya Pradesh

Nalchar (SC)

Tripura

Daspur

West Bengal

Bankura

West Bengal

Mant

Uttar Pradesh

Pudukkottai

Tamil Nadu

Tirupati

Andhra Pradesh

Allagadda

Andhra Pradesh

Rajampet

Andhra Pradesh

Rayachoti

Andhra Pradesh

Parkal

Andhra Pradesh

Ongole

Andhra Pradesh

Narasannapeta

Andhra Pradesh

Payakaraopet (SC)

Andhra Pradesh

Anantapur Urban

Andhra Pradesh

Yemmiganur

Andhra Pradesh

Rayadurg

Andhra Pradesh

Kodur (SC)

Andhra Pradesh

Udayagiri

Andhra Pradesh

Narasapuram

Andhra Pradesh

Prathipadu (SC)

Andhra Pradesh

Ramachandrapuram

Andhra Pradesh

Macherla

Andhra Pradesh

Polavaram (ST)

Andhra Pradesh

Kaij (SC)

Maharashtra

Hatia

Jharkhand

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