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1,652 parties including BSP, CPI, DMK score zero in Lok Sabha polls

LiveMint logoLiveMint 17-05-2014 PTI

New Delhi: Over 1,650 political parties including Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Communist Party of India (CPI), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and National Conference (NC) drew a blank in the Lok Sabha elections that saw Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) storming to power at the centre with a landslide victory.

Currently, there are 1,687 registered political parties in the country. Out of more than 8,200 candidates, who were in the fray, as many as 5,007 candidates were fielded by various parties and remaining were independents.

Out of these, 541 candidates have secured a place in the lower house of Parliament riding on tickets from 35 different political parties, while three contestants have won as independents. The 2014 Lok Sabha election results have taken a lot of parties and trend-watchers by surprise with many prominent names among them failing to open their accounts.

Among the parties who scored a zero include—BSP, DMK, (NC), CPI and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS). Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD)and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) also failed to open their respective accounts in the hustings.

As per Election Commission figures, BJP has come out with flying colours in these elections winning 282 seats on its own, while it got nearly 17.16 crore votes, accounting for 31% vote share. The Indian National Congress, which has been left with just 44 seats, has managed to get 10.7 crore votes, or about 19.3% vote share.

On the vote share front, BSP has interestingly come third with 2.3 crore, or 4.1%, votes, but it has got zero seats in its kitty. Its candidates came second on 34 seats.

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