The Times Of India

There has been a 4% rise in the total votes polled for the winners in the recently concluded Uttar Pradesh assembly elections as compared to the 2017 polls, which shows the victorious MLAs this time had a strong support bank. This has been revealed by the association for democratic reforms (ADR) after a detailed analysis of the votes polled in UP’s 18th legislative assembly election.

According to the ADR, the winners of the Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections 2022 won by an average of 47% of total votes polled. In the 2017 elections, winners won by an average of 43% of the total votes polled.

Further, 111 (28%) winners won with 50% and above of the total votes polled in their constituency, while 292 (72%) winners won with less than 50% votes.

The ADR said that 51 (25%) out of 205 winners with declared criminal cases have won with a vote share of 50% and above and 103 (28%) out of 366 crorepati winners have won with a vote share of 50% and above.

In terms of margin of victory, 15 winners won with a margin of less than 1,000 votes, while eight won with more than 40% of victory margin.

Further, 78 out of 205 winners with declared criminal cases won against a runner-up with a clean background. Among these 78 winners, three won with more than 30% margin of victory — Amit Agarwal (BJP) from Meerut Cantt constituency won with 48% margin of victory.

The ADR also said that 49 out of 366 crorepati winners won against non-crorepati runners-up. Among these 49 winners, seven won with more than 30 % margin of victory — Atul Garg (BJP) from Ghaziabad constituency won with 43% margin of victory.

Looking at the performance of 47 women MLA, five women won with more than 20% margin of victory. Among them Anjula Singh Mahaur (BJP) from Hathras constituency won with the highest vote share, i.e. 59% in her constituency and 38% margin of victory.

Similarly, out of the total 209 re-elected winners, none won with less than 35% of vote share in their respective constituencies. In fact 64 (31%) have won with more than 50% of vote share and 92 (44%) re-elected MLAs won with less than 10% of victory margin, whereas 17 have won with more than 30% of margin.

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