The sheer size of the electorate in the most populous state of the country which chooses candidates over 403 constituencies makes the election in Uttar Pradesh the most closely fought and closely watched. The almost month long political battle was a triangular contest.  The ruling Samajwadi Party forged an alliance with the Congress and entered in a seat sharing arrangement. While the BJP hopes to sustain the Modi wave which helped them win 71 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in 2014 elections, Mayawati would be hoping to get her caste- community arithmetic right, which had helped her seize power in 2007.

Here, an attempt by Ms Anupama Ghosh to understand the emerging trends in UP elections by compiling and analyzing the past data from the elections in 2007, 2012 and 2014.

Author:  Anupama Ghosh
Anupama Ghosh
Anupama Ghosh
Dr Anupama Ghosh is Senior Research Associate and the Internship Co-ordinator at CPPR. She holds a PhD in History from the University of Delhi. She can be contacted by email at anupama@cppr.in and on twitter @anupama86ghosh