The Congress has been luckier this municipal elections than the last as it has managed to win more seats this time with only a slight increase in vote share. Detailed voting data released by election officials on Thursday shows the partys vote share increased by just 1.37 per cent this election from 29.17 per cent in the 2007 polls.
But this slight increase translated into a significant jump in the number of seats the party won,11 more that the 67 it won last elections to 78 now.
In contrast,the BJP too increased its vote share slightly,by .54 per cent from 36.17 per cent last time to 36.71 per cent this election,election data shows.
But while the Congress seat tally saw a marginal increase,the BJP lost 11 seats despite the increase. BJP Delhi chief Vijender Gupta said this just shows the Congress has been lucky their votes spread out evenly otherwise they would have lost more seats.
Their performance would have been even more dismal. The voting data suggests they won with slim margins in most wards, Gupta said.
He said the BJPs dip in seats share despite the increase in vote share could suggest two things.One this is becoming clear that we have won with big margins in quite a few wards,consuming a reasonable pie of our huge vote share. Also,it appears we lost with slim margins where a third contender apart from the Congress gave a tough challenge, Gupta told Newsline.
Congress leaders,who have contested that the impression the BJP routed the party is a misconception as the Congress actually increased its vote share,stressed on the point again on Thursday.
Labour minister Ramakant Goswami said,The days to come will show that this is no landslide victory for the BJP. The fact is that the people were actually angry with the BJP and not with the Congress.
An analysis of the voting trend shows much of the BJPs collective vote share across the city came from the North Delhi municipality,where it bagged 40.51 per cent of the total votes polled.
The Congress came a distant second here polling 31.96 per cent of the votes,with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) trailing with 9.65 per cent and Independents with 10.88 per cent.
In the East municipality,the contest was narrower,with 35.02 per cent of the votes polled going to the BJP,30.34 per cent to the Congress,12.39 per cent to BSP and 15.19 per cent to Independents.
In South municipality too,the contest was much narrower,with 33.84 per cent votes being polled by the BJP,29.19 by the Congress,8.72 per cent by the BSP and 17.12 per cent by Independents.