Modi win stops short of breaking record

Modi win stops short of breaking record

 Narendra Modi came second in this election from only one perspective! The BJP prime ministerial candidate, who won the Vadodara seat by a margin of 5,70,128 lakh votes, could not cross Marxist MP Anil Basu’s record margin of 5,92,502 votes from Arambagh constituency set in 2004.

However, the 2014 Lok Sabha elections saw a new record as around 330 MPs, mostly from the BJP, won the polls with a margin of over 1 lakh votes. On the other hand, the BJP candidate in Ladakh secured victory with a mere 36-vote margin.

Modi romped home in Vadodara with ease, trumping Congress' Madhusudhan Mistry. The BJP strongman also won Varanasi impressively by a margin of more than 3.5 lakh votes.

This election also saw at least two BJP candidates getting more than 5 lakh votes, something that has happened only twice in the past 63 years of election history. Apart from Basu’s 5.92 lakh margin, LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan, in 1989, scripted a victory with a margin of 5.04 lakh votes. Former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao had also set a record of sorts by winning a bypoll from Nandyal constituency in Andhra Pradesh in 1991 by a margin of 5,80,297 lakh votes against rival Bangaru Laxman of the BJP.

At one time, Ghaziabad winner and former Army chief Gen V K Singh seemed to cross Modi’s record but had to finally settle for 5.67 lakh margin, securing just 2,868 votes less than Modi. A analysis of the EC data showed that 332 MPs won with a margin of over 1 lakh votes and BJP topping the list with 198.

In Gujarat, except for two, all the 24 other BJP winners had a margin of over 1 lakh, including L K Advani who won with over 4.83 lakh votes’ difference. Even the two MPs who could not cross 1 lakh mark had over 63,000 vote margin.

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