Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Nation -

▪ The Congress has been clos­ing the gap with the BJP in terms of vote and seat share in suc­ces­sive assem­bly elec­tions

▪ An HT anal­y­sis shows that alien­ation among Sched­uled Tribe (ST) vot­ers about the BJP might have con­tributed to the grad­ual re­vival of Congress in the state.

▪ The Congress won more ST-re­served seats than the BJP in the 2013 elec­tions

▪ The Congress had a vote share lead over the BJP in con­stituen­cies with more than 50% ST pop­u­la­tion

▪ The BJP gains were the big­gest in seats with less than 25% ST pop­u­la­tion

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