New Delhi: The Samajwadi Party which ousted Bahujan Samaj Party from power in Uttar Pradesh in the Assembly elections registered an increase of 3.72 per cent vote share over its 2007 performance, resulting in handsome returns for the party.
The SP increased its vote share to its highest 29.15 per cent of total votes polled, up from 25.43 per cent, helping to to raise the party tally from 97 last time to a record 224.
In comparison, the BSP lost 4.52 per cent of its votes to 25.91 per cent this time from its highest-ever vote share of 30.43 per cent in 2007. Its tally came down to 80, against a record 206 in the last assembly polls.
The Congress, which carried out a whirlwind campaign in the state under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, could increase its tally by six seats to 28 seats, but managed to increase 3.03 per cent of its vote share to 11.63 per cent this time, up from 8.61 per cent in 2007.
On the other hand, the BJP which is continuously losing its vote share in the state during the last three elections - managed only 15 per cent of total votes polled, down from 32.51 per cent in 1996 assembly polls to 20.12 per cent in 2002 assembly polls to 16.97 per cent vote share in 2007 assembly polls.
BJP which won 47 seats this time, also lost four seats from its last tally of 51 seats in 2007, down from its tally of 88 in the 2002 assembly polls.