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Updated On 25-05-2019 18:16:34 ISTUpdated On 25-05-20192019-05-25T11:52:15.096Z25-05-2019 2019-05-25T11:52:12.930Z - 2019-05-25T12:46:34.486Z - 25-05-2019
In recently concluded general elections, NOTA got more votes than national parties Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party in Andhra Pradesh. The statistics reveal the sorrow situation of the parties in the State.
Nobody expected that the parties would win a couple of seats in AP. However, it was nobody's imagination about the dismal position of the parties. In both assembly and Loksabha elections, NOTA, which means None of the above, accrued 1.5% votes on the 25 Loksabha seats, while BJP got just 0.95 % votes. Congress did marginally better than BJP with 1.29% votes. The result was no different in 175 seats assembly elections as NOTA got 1.28% votes and BJP just 0.84% votes. Congress fared a little better with 1.17% votes.
The decimation of the parties was at such an extent that all the candidates of the two parties lost their deposits. That means no candidate managed to win enough votes to get the deposit back. Even the parties' state presidents lost dismally. Kanna Lakshminarayana and Raghuveera Reddy the state presidents of BJP and Congress party respectively contested from Narasaraopet Loksabha and Kalyandurg assembly constituency. Both of them stood in the third position and lost deposits.
Congress party still had the stigma of bifurcating united Andhra Pradesh in a way detrimental to Andhra region. It got a better percentage of 2.8 % of votes in 2014 elections. The present situation indicates that it would be an almost impossible task for the party to be revived in AP.
Coming to BJP, the party was seen by the voters as the one that cheated the Andhra people with false promises on Special Category Status.
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