NOTA gave a blow to SP and AAP
The election campaign in Madhya Pradesh is in its final phase and voting is to be held here next week (17 November). Both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress are fighting fiercely among themselves to capture power, while other parties like Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP) are also Preparations are on to present a tough challenge. These three parties had presented a challenge here in 2018 also. But she had failed to perform great feats. Big parties like AAP and SP could then get less votes than NOTA.
Many regional parties had also presented a challenge in the 2018 assembly elections. Because of these, the contest had become triangular on many seats and quadrangular on others. Aam Aadmi Party, which achieved national party status in April this year, is again ready to challenge from here and many leaders associated with the party including Arvind Kejriwal are continuously campaigning. This time the party has fielded 66 candidates in MP, while the Samajwadi Party has fielded its candidates on 71 seats after not being able to reach an agreement with the Congress on seat sharing. Similarly, Bahujan Samaj Party has presented its challenge on 178 seats. Apart from this, candidates have also been fielded by many other regional parties who are capable of giving a tough challenge to BJP and Congress on many seats.
AAP got less than 1% votes
In the elections held 5 years ago, Aam Aadmi Party had fielded 208 candidates out of 230 assembly seats. In which it did not win even a single seat. She did not even finish second on a single seat. But Aam Aadmi Party stood third on 4 seats. The party’s condition was so bad that its deposits on 207 seats were confiscated. A total of 3,75,95,891 votes were cast in Madhya Pradesh elections, out of which Aam Aadmi Party got only 2,53,101 votes, which was only 0.7% of the total votes.
Like the Aam Aadmi Party, the situation of the Samajwadi Party was also not very good. However, SP fielded 52 candidates in the then elections, in which it won one seat and came second on 5 seats. The party stood third on 4 seats. SP got only 4,96,025 votes (1.3%) out of the total votes cast.
SP got slightly more votes than 2013
In such a situation, if we consider NOTA (None of the above), here it got more votes than Aam Aadmi Party and Samajwadi Party. A total of 5,40,673 votes were cast on 230 seats in the state, which is also 1.43 percent of the total votes. SP got more votes in 2018 compared to 2013 elections but the difference was not much. SP had contested elections on 164 seats in 2013 in which it got a total of 4,04,846 votes (1.2%). But his account was not opened then.
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If we look at the last 4 elections, Samajwadi Party had got more votes in the 2003 elections. Then SP, which contested elections on 161 seats, got 9,46,891 votes (3.7%). Then it won on 7 seats and stood second on 7 seats. Was at third position on 13 seats. Of the four elections since 2003, only in 2013 was SP’s account not opened. Whereas in 2003, 7 seats were won, in 2008, one seat was won. Similarly, one seat was won in 2018.
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Now once again an election atmosphere has been created in Madhya Pradesh. Samajwadi Party wanted to contest the elections in alliance with Congress, but due to no agreement on the ticket, Akhilesh Yadav decided to contest the elections alone and fielded 71 candidates. Similarly, Aam Aadmi Party is also presenting challenge on 66 seats. Now it has to be seen whether these two parties perform better than last time or remain below NOTA.