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Lok Sabha Elections: How national parties fared in 2009

The 2009 Lok Sabha Elections was the 14th time the country went to polls to select a new government. Defying all exit polls and Doomsayers, the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance secured a thumping win in the polls by getting a comfortable majority. A major reason behind this was the Congress party, who won a whopping 206 seats on its own.

 Elections 2009
While Sonia Gandhi's Congress party managed 206 seats, Advani's BJP could only manage 116.

Almost all national parties showed an improvement in the 2009 elections, barring the Left Front and the BJP who were down to a miserable figure of 116 seats. Here is a look at how the national parties fared in the elections of 2009:

 

Parties

Seats Contested

Seats Won

Defeated

Votes secured

Vote Share

Indian National Congress

440

206

71

11,91,11,019

28.55%

Bharatiya Janta Party

433

116

170

7,84,35,381

18.80%

Communist Party of India

56

4

41

59,51,888

1.43%

Communist Party of India (Marxist)

82

16

29

2,22,19,111

5.33%

Nationalist Congress Party

68

9

42

85,21,502

2.04%

Bahujan Samaj Party

500

21

410

2,57,28,920

6.17%

Rashtriya Janta Dal

44

4

16

52,80,084

1.27%

Table compiled from the report of the Election Commission of India report, 2009. 

The UPA managed to secure support from its allies and as a result, UPA 2 was born. Unfortunately, they could not make the most of this opportunity to govern without objections from allies as their five years in power were marred by scams, policy paralysis and various cases of infighting. All this has prompted the electorate to vote in large numbers in the elections this time around. May 16, 2014 is indeed a big day!

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