Math Over Popularity In UP, Edge For Gathbandhan: Prannoy Roy’s Analysis

NEW DELHI:The opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh — the 80-seat state that’s considered the gateway to Delhi — could have a huge impact on the ruling BJP, data from past elections show. The BJP had swept the state in the 2014 national elections, winning 71 seats. Its ally Apna Dal had added two more seats to the tally.

Data analysis by NDTV’s Prannoy Roy shows that the Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav combo alone could bring down the NDA score in the state from 73 to 37, even if Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity is at the level of the 2014 national election.

The addition of Congress to the mix could have deducted another 14 seats from the NDA tally, reducing it to 23 seats, data shows.

The situation remains similar even if data from the 2017 assembly election in the state is crunched:

he Congress admit that being a part of the alliance would have taken them closer to the ultimate goal of defeating the BJP. Others remain sanguine. Senior Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said it would have only meant a difference in the margin of victory.

“I have complete confidence that the tally of the Congress and the alliance, taken together, would be 50 to 60 seats. Had we fought together, our tally would have been 90-plus seats and the BJP figures would have shrunk to single digit,” he told NDTV.

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