Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik. (Photo: PTI)

Odisha Election Results 2019: BJP Makes Inroads In Odisha Even As BJD Holds Fort

The Bharatiya Janata Party has improved its Lok Sabha performance in the Biju Janata Dal bastion but couldn’t weaken the latter’s hold on the state assembly. The BJP is ahead in eight out of 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha while the BJD is leading in 12 seats, Election Commission data for Odisha election results showed as of 11 P.M.

In Odisha assembly election results, the BJD has won one seat and is leading in 111 seats. The BJP is leading in 20 seats, the Congress in 13 and the Communist Party of India (Marxist), one. A party needs 74 seats to form the state government.

Here’s a look at the key metrics that are shaping the Odisha election results this year:

Odisha Election Results 2019: BJP Makes Inroads In Odisha Even As BJD Holds Fort

Vote Share Comparison: 2019 vs 2014

In Odisha Lok Sabha elections, the BJP cornered 38.37 percent of the votes polled, a 16.49 percentage point rise from 21.80 percent in 2014, data showed. BJD’s vote share has weakened slightly—from 44.77 percent in 2014 to 42.76 percent now.

The Congress, which is leading on seat, has seen a steeper drop—from 26.38 percent in 2014 to 13.67 percent in 2019.

Exit Polls: A BJP Surprise For BJD

A poll of polls indicated that the BJP will pull off an upset in Odisha by winning 12 of the 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha. It expected the BJD to bag nine seats. The exit polls, however, predicted the Naveen Patnaik-led party to win the assembly elections.

Voter Turnout In 2019

Polling for the 21 Lok Sabha constituencies and 147 assembly segments in Odisha was held in the first four phases of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, with average voter turnout of 73.10 percent. That compares with 73.79 percent turnout in 2014.

What Happened In 2014?

The BJD won in a landslide. Not only did the party corner 44.77 percent of the votes polled, it also won 20 of the 21 Lok Sabha seats in the state. The Congress, despite having the second-highest vote share of 26.38 percent, drew a blank. BJP’s Jual Oram was elected as the Sundargarh MP with a vote share of 21.88 percent.

In 2014 assembly election, the BJD won 117 out of the 147 seats in the state. The Congress had won 16 seats, while the BJP bagged 10.

Key Constituencies and Candidates

  • Naveen Patnaik (BJD) from Hinjili assembly seat.
  • Jual Oram (BJP) from Sundargarh Lok Sabha seat.
  • Jay Panda (BJD) from Kendrapara Lok Sabha seat.

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