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Electorate decimated opposition in Jammu
6/12/2019 11:48:36 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, June 12: The 2019 general election in the Jammu's assembly constituencies has turned out to be a waterloo for anti-BJP political parties, including the Congress, the JKNPP and the BSP. It was the BJP all the way breaking all the records. This, notwithstanding the fact that the BJP could poll only a paltry 3 per cent of the total votes polled in the Kashmir Valley. The BJP was destined to bite dust and suffer humiliating defeat in all the three parliamentary constituencies and it did happen. The people in Kashmir do not like the BJP for reasons not really difficult to fathom. The most notable one is that the BJP's stand on the political status of J&K vis-à-vis New Delhi
The BJP was basically a Jammu-based party and it was here in Jammu that it again created a history of sorts. It was only in 2014 that the BJP sprung a big surprise when it won the Lok Sabha seat by a narrow margin of 36 votes.
However, the 2019 election-related data shows that this time the non-BjP political parties put up a very poor show in majority assembly segments in Jammu province. If the BJP's vote share in the three Lok Sabha constituencies it won was about 60 per cent, its vote share in the majority assembly constituencies in Jammu province was as high as 76 per cent.
As for the vote-share of the Congress, the JKNPP, the BSP and so on in the majority assembly segments, it was just 19 per cent. In 2014, the vote-share of the non-BJP parties was almost 30 per cent.
The voting pattern not only suggests total polarization in the Jammu province but also indicates that the BJP swept not because the people wanted it but because the Modi wave had gripped the province.
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