Lok Sabha Election-2014
Lok Sabha Election of India began from 7th April, 2014 ended on 12th May, 2014. The Lok Sabha Election of 2014 was the 16th General Election of India which proved to be successful for Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP).
Figures and Facts of Lok Sabha Election 2014
The Lok Sabha Election of 2014 was, in fact the longest election held in India. The details of the election can be found below:
• The Lok Sabha Election 2014 was held for all the 543 seats of the constituencies of India.
• The Election continued for 9 phases and for over 35 days.
• It was the first time that the huge number of voters were eligible to cast their vote with the number of eligible voters expected at around 814.5 million.
• The number of seats required for the majority was 272 which was the same as before.
• This Election was a conquest between three major political groups; NDA, UPC and Third Party.
• The main parties in the fight were BJP and Congress.
• The Election saw a landslide victory of the BJP and its alliance.
• With the BJP winning a total of 282 seats on its own and BJP-Alliance claiming 336 seats in total, the Lok Sabha Election 2014 proved to be disastrous for Congress and its Alliance.
• This time in the Election of 2014, a new party ‘Aam Aadmi Party’ was also supposed to be a party spoiler but it failed to catch any particular eye balls.
• With UPA winning a total of 60 seats among which 44 were only of Congress.
• The Lok Sabha Election of 2014 saw a drastic change of seats won by parties.
• The number change of seats for BJP was 166 in positive direction while that of Congress was 162 in the negative way.
• This was the first time after 1984 general elections that a single Party was able to get clear majority to form its government without any support.
• This was the time when around 1.4 million voting machines were in use at around 9 crore 30 lacs voting centers.
• For the first time, the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail system was in use and was introduced in 8 constitutes of India.
• This VVPAT system was introduced as a pilot Project in this Lok Sabha Elections.
• This Election in fact proved to be the largest election in the world.
• The first time in India that ‘None of the above’ option was available during the voting process.
• More than 60 lacs Voters cast their vote ‘None of the above’.
• The first time that the Non-Resident Indians were allowed to vote.
• The costliest Election in the history Of India.
• It is being estimated that the Lok Sabha Elections 2014 did cost around 3500 crore rupees to the exchequer.
• The world’s second costliest election just after US Presidential election of 2012.
• Nagaland proved to be the highest turnout state with the percentage at 88.
• The least turnout of voters saw the state of Jammu and Kashmir with less than half of the people turning out to cast their vote.
• The total turnout percentage in India at the Election 2014 was around 66.40.
• It was the highest voter turnout in the country in any general elections of India.
• The maximum number of voters in the country turns out from the state of Uttar Pradesh while the minimum was from the Lakshadweep.
• The 100 million new voters joined the Election this year.
• This time, the election expenses were raised from 40 lacs to 70 lacs.
• A very interesting fact, out of 543 MPs elected, around 186 had criminal record against them.
• This time in the election around 64% of Women cast their vote.
• The number of female MPs out of 543 elected is just 62.
The Lok Sabha Elections 2014 was fought between parties with several issues surrounding the country. The issues like Corruption, Economic conditions of the country and rising price in the country were the hottest points which were considered during the voting process and proved to be a game changer at the end. Other issues like lack of Employment Opportunities and farming issues also became the points on which the voters cast their votes.
With NDA electing Mr. Narendra Modi as the Prime Ministerial Candidate and Congress never clearly mentioning the name of Mr. Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial Candidate, the ultimate result came in the favor of Mr. Narendra Modi becoming the 15th Prime Minister of India.