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2024 Lok Sabha Polls: Did BJP Win 100 Constituencies With A Margin Of Less Than 1,000 Votes? ECI Data Refutes Claim

Authors

Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

Claim

The BJP won by a margin of less than 500 votes in 30 seats, and less than 1,000 votes in 100 constituencies in the 2024 Lok Sabha Polls.

Such posts can be seen here and here.

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Fact

On carefully analysing the data available on the official website of the Election Commision of India, we found that the lowest margin by which a BJP candidate won the Lok Sabha Poll was 1,587 votes. BJP’s Rabindra Narayan Behera from Odisha’s Jajpur constituency, who received 5,34,239 votes, defeated BJD’s Sarmistha Sethi (5,32,652) by a margin of 1,587. 

No other BJP candidate won by a margin less than 1,587 in the recently concluded General Elections according to the data from the Election Commission. 

Lok Sabha Polls Data
Screengrab from ECI website

The second lowest victory margin for the party was in Jaipur, where party leader Rao Rajendra Singh won against Congress’ Anil Chopra by 1,615 votes. On the whole, only 7 BJP candidates secured a victory with a margin of less than 5,000 votes in the 2024 Lok Sabha Polls.

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Lok Sabha Polls: Who Won By The Lowest Margin? 

Shiv Sena’s Ravindra Dattaram Waikar won the Mumbai North West constituency with a mere margin of 48 votes. Waikar received 4,52,644 votes, while Shiv Sena UBT candidate Amol Gajanan Kirtikar secured 4,52,596. 

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Hence, the viral claim that BJP won 30 seats with a margin of less than 500 votes, and 100 constituencies with a margin of less than 1,000 votes is fabricated. 

Result: False

Sources
Official Website Of Election Commision Of India


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Authors

Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

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