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|October 11, 1999||
Congress leads in vote share with 28 per cent
The Congress secured an estimated 28.42 per cent of the national vote share in the election for the thirteenth Lok Sabha but ended up with only 112 seats while the Bharatiya Janata Party got 23.70 per cent of the votes and secured 182 seats.
But if the votes in the seats contested are considered, the BJP, which fielded only 339 candidates, ends up with 39.67 per cent. The Congress, which put up 453 candidates, gets 33.93 per cent.
In the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, the BJP got 27.62 per cent of the votes and won 29 seats while the Congress polled 14.77 per cent of the votes and secured 10 seats.
Releasing the preliminary statistical data on the parliamentary election, Deputy Election Commissioner Subhas Pani said the final voter turnout was pegged at about 59.08 per cent.
But he clarified that the data being released today was based on 537 seats for which the results had been announced so far.
Women have marginally improved their presence in the new House with 47 becoming its members, compared to 43 in the twelfth Lok Sabha.
While the Congress put up candidates in 31 states, the BJP fielded its nominees in 28 states.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist), which contested 72 seats in 16 states and won 32, garnered 5.38 per cent of the national vote and 35.40 per cent of the votes in the constituencies its contested.
The Bahujan Samaj Party, which contested 225 seats in 16 states, won 14. It secured 4.23 per cent of the national vote and 10.11 per cent in the constituencies contested.
The Janata Dal (United), which put up 60 candidates in 12 states, won 20 seats for a national vote share of 3.05 per cent and 27.99 per cent in the constituencies contested.
The Communist Party of India, which may be in danger of losing its status as a national party going by the vote share, put up 54 candidates in 17 states and won four. It secured only 1.45 per cent of the national vote and 15.64 per cent in the seats contested.
The Janata Dal (Secular) had put up 96 candidates in 18 states, but won only one seat. Its national vote share comes to 0.92 per cent while the vote percentage in the seats contested is 5.23.
Apart from these seven national parties, the commission also released the estimates for the nine state parties. Of these, the Samajwadi Party secured a national vote share of 3.79 per cent and 14.13 per cent in the seats contested.
The Telugu Desam Party secured 3.70 per cent of the national vote and 50 per cent in the seats contested.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal secured 2.75 per cent of the national vote and 24.95 per cent in the seats contested.
The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam secured 1.75 per cent of the national vote and 47.65 per cent in the seats contested. Its arch rival, the All-India Anna DMK garnered a national vote share of 1.96 per cent and 34.31 per cent in the seats contested.
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