Lucknow: This years’ Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election 2022 once again favoured BJP with a majority mandate and handed down another electoral defeat to Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party for the second time in a row. For the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), these polls were no less than a bad dream.
Under the leadership of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress had fielded candidates on 399 seats, yet lost its security deposit in 387 seats it contested, of which it won just two seats. Congress got just 2.4% of the total votes in the state having contested nearly all seats, a share lower than the RLD’s 2.9% from just 33 seats it contested. RLD lost its deposit in three of the 33 seats contested.
Among the other major parties, the BSP lost the deposit in 290 seats having contested all 403.
Where as the winner, BJP also lost the deposit in three of the 376 seats it contested and the main challenger SP in the case of six of its 347 candidates.
Interestingly, the BJP’s minor partners, Apna Dal (Soneylal) and Nishad, did not lose their deposits in even one of the 27 seats they contested between themselves, an indication that they were given only those seats to contest in which they had at least a chance of putting up some fight. Whereas, SP’s minor partners SBSP and Apna Dal (Kamerawadi) saw 8 of their combined 25 candidates losing the deposit.
It is to be mentioned that out of 399 Congress candidates, 387 got forfeited. Only 12 candidates were able to save their deposits, noting that the Congress has won only 2 seats in the 2022 UP elections.
On the other hand, Mayawati’s BSP had fielded candidates in all 403 assembly seats, out of which 290 candidates could not even save their deposits. In this election, the Congress even lagged behind the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in terms of vote share. The country’s oldest political party could win only 2 seats with 2.4 percent vote share.