The Congress didnt just lose in 323 of the 351 seats it contested in Uttar Pradesh. In 247 of those,or about 68 per cent of its seats,the Congress candidates even forfeited their deposits.
The BJP fared only slightly better. Of the 398 candidates fielded by it,230 lost their deposits,working out to 58 per cent of its candidates.
What should worry the BJP,however,is that even if it finished ahead of the Congress,the partys performance was worse than in 2007,while the Congress has shown improvement and appears to be bridging the gap between them.
Five years ago,when the BSP had swept the elections,under 42 per cent of the BJPs candidates had forfeited their deposits which has now seen a jump of 16 per cent.
In the Congresss case,82 per cent of its candidates (323 of 393) had lost their deposits. This has now fallen by 14 per cent.
In contrast,the proportion of candidates of the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party losing their deposits this time was very small and almost the same. While 53 of the SPs candidates,or 13.2 per cent,fell in this category (an improvement from 70 last time),52 in the BSP camp (around 13 per cent) forfeited their deposit. Last time,when Mayawati had won hands down,that number had been only 36.