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12 parties that DID NOT impress voters

Last updated on: May 16, 2014 20:01 IST

12 parties that DID NOT impress voters

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The verdict for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls is out and the trends are suggesting a landslide victory in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance.

While trends suggest a whopping 340 seats for the NDA --  a direct endorsement for BJP’s PM nominee Narendra Modi -- the results have also showed a clear drubbing for some of the biggest political forces in the country.

We take a look at these parties whose politics have failed to impress the voters.

Compiled by Rajorshi Sanyal

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1. Congress

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The ruling party, under cloud over skyrocketing prices and charges of rampant corruption and mis-governance, has given its worst ever performance in Lok Sabha polls.

The Congress, whose campaigning was being spearheaded by party vice president Rahul Gandhi, is projected to win in only 44 seats this time around -- an astronomical dip of 164 seats as it bagged 206 after the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

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Image: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi


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2. Janata Dal-United

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The ruling party in Bihar is set to lose as many as 18 seats this time around after it was being projected that it will manage to bag only 2 seats compared to 20 it won after the 2009 elections.

JD-U leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to snap ties with long-time ally BJP has definitely not gone down well with the voters.

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Image: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar


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3. Nationalist Congress Party

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UPA’s critical ally NCP is all set to fare poorly as it will bag only 5 seats, a dip of 3 seats from last elections.

The Sharad Pawar-led party faced tough competition even in its home bastion Baramati, which is being contested by his daughter Supriya Sule this time around.

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Image: NCP chief Sharad Pawar


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4. Left

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There’s nothing much left for the Left parties as the 2014 verdict has shown dismal trends for the front that was a significant constituent during the UPA-I regime.

While Communist Party of India-Marxist is set to lose 6 seats from its 2009 tally of 16, the CPI is set to lose 3 seats this time around. It won 4 during the 2009 elections.

The CPI-M has faced a major drubbing in West Bengal from Trinamool Congress, a state it ruled for 34 years before it was demolished by the Mamata Banerjee-led party in the 2011 assembly elections.

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Image: CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat


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5. DMK

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The former UPA ally and long-time rulers of Tamil Nadu is all set to face its worst rout by ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam led by J Jayalalithaa.

The M Karunanidhi-led front, which bagged 18 seats in 2009 Lok Sabha polls, did not manage to open its account time around.

On the other hand, braving anti-incumbency AIADMK will win a whopping 36 seats this time around and become the third largest party after the BJP and Congress.

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Image: DMK chief M Karunanidhi


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6. Samajwadi Party

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The ruling party of superlatively significant Uttar Pradesh will face one of its worst-ever nightmares as it will manage to bag just 5 seats this time around -- a massive loss of 18 seats.

The poll verdict will come as a rude shock for the prime ministerial ambitions of party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, whose government in UP has been charged of massive mis-governance.

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Image: SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav


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7. Bahujan Samaj Party

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Another major player of the Hindi heartland Bahujan Samaj Party is all set to draw a blank at the hustings.

BSP supremo Mayawati was confident that her consolidated Dalit vote base will make her sail through at the polls, but that has certainly not happened. The party managed to win 21 seats last time around.

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Image: BSP supremo Mayawati


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8. Aam Aadmi Party

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Although the debutant AAP is all set to win 4 seats in the 2014 elections – all in Punjab -- much more was expected from the Arvind Kejriwal-led party that managed to garner massive public support for its anti-corruption movement.

The party that had a 49-day tryst with power in Delhi had fielded candidates in as many as 434 constituencies across the country. But the verdict is definitely less than satisfactory for the party, especially after it scored zilch in all the seven constituencies in Delhi – its supposed power base.

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Image: AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal


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9. RLD

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UPA ally Rashtriya Lok Dal, which won 5 seats in the 2009 elections, will score a zero this time around. Even its chief, Union Aviation Minister Ajit Singh, has been defeated by BJP’s Satyapal Singh, the former Mumbai top cop.

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Image: RLD chief Ajit Singh


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10. RJD

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Although Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD will win 4 seats this time around, it’ll still be considered a disappointment as the party was expected to win a lot more seats.

In fact Lalu Yadav had claimed that he’ll win 34 seats and stop Narendra Modi from becoming the prime minister.

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Image: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav


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11. YSR Congress

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The Jaganmohan Reddy-led front was supposed to ensure a landslide victory in its favour in Seemandhra owing to its strong opposition towards the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and creation of Telangana.

However, the party will win just 9 out of the 25 seats in Seemandhra while the TDP-BJP combine is expected to do exceptionally well.


Image: YSRC chief Jaganmohan Reddy


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12. National Conference

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And last comes National Conference, the ruling party in Jammu and Kashmir, which has failed to even open its account this time around. It won 3 seats in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.


Image: NC president and Union minister Farooq Abdullah


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