Lok Sabha Elections 2019
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Uttar Pradesh is the largest of Indian states, with 80 seats in the Lok Sabha. In the previous Lok Sabha elections in 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party, riding on a so-called ‘Modi wave’ had swept this electorally crucial state by winning 71 seats with a vote share of 42.6 per cent. The Samajwadi Party, under the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav, was reduced to just 5 seats with a vote share of 22.3 per cent. While the Indian National Congress and Apna Dal won two seats each with vote shares of 7.5 per cent and 1 one cent, respectively, another major force in the state, Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party, failed to win any seat despite a vote share of 19.8 per cent.
At the time of the previous general elections in 2014, Uttar Pradesh had a total of 81,118,615 registered electors, of whom 58.44 per cent, or 138810556, exercised their right to franchise across 140,485 polling stations to choose their 80 Members of Parliament from among 1,288 candidates.
Uttar Pradesh has 403 Assembly constituencies. In the previous Assembly elections, held in 2017, the Bharatiya Janata Party had again swept the state, bagging 40 per cent votes and 312 seats. The incumbent Samajwadi Party was reduced to 47 seats and its vote share reduced to 22 per cent. The Bahujan Samaj Party won 19 seats with a vote share of 22.4 per cent, While the Indian National Congress won 7 seats with 6.3 per cent votes, the other parties and independent candidates bagged 18 seats with a combined vote share of 9.3 per cent. At present, Yogi Adityanath of the Bharatiya Janata Party is the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.