Over 40 seats were won in UP with less than one per cent margin
Lucknow: With the improvement in its popularity graph due to demonetisation and some other reform measures and tie-up by Samajwadi Party with the Congress, the fight is likely to be tougher in the forthcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
This may reduce the victory margin of winning candidates of not only these but the Bahujan Samaj Party which is the fourth major political player in the state.
Even in the previous poll contest was tough on over 40 seats and the victory was decided on less than one cent vote difference.
The lowest victory margin was recorded in Baheri constituency in Bareilly district of the state in 2012 Assembly election. Samajwadi Party candidate Ata Ur Rehman defeated Bhartiya Janta Party member Chandapal Singh by just 18 votes. In percentage term, the difference was zero point zero one per cent.
It was one of 41 seats where vote difference between the winner and the loser was less than one per cent. The number is nearly ten per cent of the total assembly seats (403).
The neighbouring state of Uttarakhand faced almost the same situation in the previous poll. Seven seats were won in the hill state with less than one per cent margin. In one of the 60 assembly constituencies, Ranikhet, winner had collected only 78 more votes than the loser.
In some parts of the state , the BJP is facing rebellion. For instance, Narendra Nagar. Om Gopal Rawat who was denied party ticket has threatened to contest election from this seat as an independent. He had won the seat in 2012.
There are some other seats where the official nominees will be opposed by party rebels in two states. It may reduce the victory margin further.