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Party with maximum LS seats in Delhi tends to form govt at Centre

Party with maximum LS seats in Delhi tends to form govt at Centre

New DELHI: The parliamentary poll in Delhi plays a key role in national politics, as reflected in the results of previous four Lok Sabha elections, wherein the party which dominated in national Capital went ahead to form government at Centre. This political scenario has been surmised since 1996 till 2014, or the previous ones, every time the party that won the maximum seats in Delhi had got the mandate to rule the country.

According to previous reports, the party which wins maximum Lok Sabha seats from Delhi forms government in Centre (Delhi Sultanate). In the last 21 years, period between 1996 to 2014, four Lok Sabha polls were held in which the party got majority of seats in the city formed government in centre. It may be mentioned that the national Capital has seven parliamentary constituencies, out of which in all the seats BJP emerged victorious, during the 2014 general elections.

In 1996, the country witnessed the 11th Lok Sabha elections, the Baharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 5 out of 7 seats, while the rest two went to the Congress. The nation saw a hung parliament. The BJP emerged as a single largest party with 161 seats and its allies were Samata Party, Shiv Sena and Haryana Vikas Party.

Vajpayee was invited to form government by the President, Shankar Dayal Sharma, but after 13 days in office, proved unable to muster a governing majority. Vajpayee resigned and replaced by National Front Leader H D Dewe Gowda. It is pertinent to mentioned that the political instability led the country see as many as three Prime Miniter in the next two years.

In 1998 LS, the BJP won six seats, out of 7 parliamentary seats and one seat went to the Congress. Again Atal Bihari Vajpayee declared as Prime Minister but after 13 months, Vajpayee government could not prove majority on the floor and the government was fallen by single vote.

In 1999, just after the Kargil War, 13th general elections were held and the BJP won all seven parliamentary seats of Delhi. NDA re-elected to power in October 1999 and Vajpayee ruled till April 2004. It is pertinent to mentioned that post Kargil war, the BJP could not win more seats than 1998 elections. It was very remarkable point that BJP won 183 seats in the post Kargil war in 1999, the same number it had won in the Lok Sabha poll in 1998 before the war. This happened in spite of the fact that the BJP tried its best to exploit the war sentiments.

In 2004 Lok Sabha poll, the Congress captured over six seats of Delhi and one went to BJP. The Congress led Dr Manmohan Singh had formed government in the centre under UPA-1 umbrella. In the Centre was the government of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who also announced election, the results were surprising, even every one thought the BJP and its allies would come back powern where as it was Indian National Congress and its allies, who won the majority of seats.

In 2009 LS election, all Delhi Parliamentary seats were gone to Congress and Manmohan Singh was once again throned on Delhi Sultanate, But in 2014, in Modi wave, BJP won all seven seats of Delhi Parliamentary Constituencies.

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