Just 31%. Really?
Trolls loyal to opposition frequently criticize Modi government by saying that it got just 31% of popular vote. The way they say just 31%, it appears that they consider anything less than 50% votes an insult to #democracy. I present some data here to show how this notion is misplaced:
#India's most popular government since 1947 has got only 49% of popular vote - even the sympathy vote after #Indira #Gandhi's assassination in 1984 was less than 50%.
- No single party has got 40% votes in any general #elections since 1984.
- Sonia-Manmohan's #INC made governments with just 26% & 28% in 2004 & 2009, but criticizers of #Modi find no shame in that.
What about the other parties? Good question. #BSP, the third party by popular vote, has 4.1%. #AIADMK, the third performer by number of seats, has a paltry 3.3% of popular vote. No one in opposition is in a position to argue that #ModiGovernment lacks anything in representation.
BJP's win, while big as well as phenomenal, is not phenomenally big. It has never ever got 30% of Lok Sabha votes. Congress, which has been reduced to just 19% of votes, has suffered unprecedented setback. It never got less than 25% before 2014. Picture is same at the alliance level, BJP's #NDA got nearly 40% of votes while Congress's #UPA tottered at 21%. NDA just barely missed 2/3rd majority mark in seats while #NaMo's BJP made simple majority on its own - another first for #BJP.