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Apr 23 2018 by thetruepicture picture Category Business Services Views

Any comparison of vote-share percentages for the 2017 civic polls with the 2012 urban bodies polls is meaningless, since both the SP and the BSP did not contest the 2012 polls.

After the results of the Uttar Pradesh civic polls were declared, several attempts appear to have been made to paint the victory of the party that emerged as the winner as undue or paltry. Some commentators and analysts, political or otherwise, acknowledged the victory, but only with several caveats. Since these claims and analyses about the UP civic polls seem to be cases demanding a factcheck, we decided to the same with some of these claims to see if the data was being misinterpreted or selectively cited to build a particular narrative.The headline of an article in The Times of India, published on December 5, made its claim clear . What needs to be looked at is how certain sections of the commentariat – the instance below is political – interpreted the data to their advantage to single out one party – the BJP which won most of the civic poll seats.

The Problem & the Facts

If one chooses to argue using this data that the BJP has been rejected, the question would be: Who has been chosen instead?

The same report says, “the numbers were even worse in the case of the other major parties.” It is interesting to see that the report mentions that the proportions of candidates who lost their deposits contesting on INC ticket stands at 75%. Thus, perhaps the Congressman who is responsible for the tweet above would do better to reflect on the performance of his own party indian political news?

It is also important to note that the other two major political parties in the fray also fared much worse than the BJP indian political news. The percentage of candidates who lost their deposits from the SP and BSP stand at 54% and 66% respectively according to the report. This must be contrasted with the BJP’s figure of 45%. While this complete look at the data in the report shows the true picture, the Time of India article in question also needs to answer some questions.