BJP’s performance in Lok Sabha elections reveals disparity between urban and rural votes

Tribune News Service

Neha Saini

Amritsar, June 4

The BJP has weathered the challenges posed by the farmer unrest in Punjab by targeting urban voters with promises of development and boosting trade and commerce.

In Amritsar, the difference in vote share for the BJP was stark, with the saffron party winning more votes in rural areas than in urban areas.

Total votes in rural and urban areas

In the four rural districts of Amritsar, including Majita, Attari, Ajnala and Rajasanshi, a total of 429,487 votes were polled. In the five urban districts of Amritsar — North, South, Central, East and West — the total number of votes polled in the 18th Lok Sabha elections was 470,954.

Taranjit Singh Sandhu of the BJP, running in his first election, faced numerous challenges including a tough four-party contest and opposition from farmers, but he managed to win significant votes in urban areas and secured the top spot in Amritsar North with the highest number of votes.

In the largely urban north district of Amritsar, 110,922 votes were cast, of which the BJP won 47,189, with Aujla of the Indian National Congress coming in a close second with 28,635. The difference in votes between Sandhu and Aujla was 18,554.

In Amritsar Central, a largely urban area, the BJP secured 35,572 votes out of a total of 79,775 votes cast, with the Indian National Congress coming in a close second with 24,878. In Amritsar East, another urban area with a large lower-middle-class electorate, the BJP secured 29,635 votes, with the Indian National Congress coming in a close second with 28,440 votes, a difference of 1,195 votes. In Amritsar West, the BJP secured 30,937 votes, while the Indian National Congress secured 35,012 votes, a close margin of 4,075 votes between the two parties. In Amritsar South alone, the BJP came in third behind the AAP and the Indian National Congress. In polls in Amritsar South, the BJP secured 15,819 votes, the AAP secured 28,431 votes, and the Congress secured 21,782 votes out of a total of 82,725 votes cast.

However, the story was different in the rural areas. The BJP ranked fourth with the lowest number of votes across all the rural areas. In Ajnala, the BJP got 14,406 votes out of a total of 107,896 votes, in Rajasanshi it got 11,680 votes out of a total of 113,833 votes, in Majita it got 8,056 votes out of a total of 103,790 votes and in Attari the saffron party got 13,321 votes.

Congress’ Aujla’s highest local vote totals came from Attari and Rajasanshi districts, where he secured 32,479 votes in Rajasanshi and 32,479 votes in Attari. The SAD, which has its base in Majita, garnered the maximum number of votes in the district, with Anil Joshi topping the list with 40,981 votes, followed by the AAP with 28,530 votes. Similarly, in Ajnala, an AAP stronghold, its candidate Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal secured the most votes with 35,344 votes, with Congress’ Aujla coming a close second with 30,309 votes.

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