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Lok Sabha Election Results 2024: Attention is focused on these 13 key bellwether seats

A bellwether seat is a constituency that not only reflects local election sentiments, but also signals national electoral trends

Written by  Jasleen Kaur -- June 04th 2024 08:48 AM
Lok Sabha Election Results 2024:  Attention is focused on these 13 key bellwether seats

Lok Sabha Election Results 2024: Attention is focused on these 13 key bellwether seats

PTC Web Desk: With the counting of votes for the 2024 Lok Sabha Elections underway, all attention is focused on 13 key bellwether seats spread across seven states, which are expected to provide an early indication of the election trends.

What is a bellwether seat?
A bellwether seat is a constituency that not only reflects local election sentiments, but also signals national electoral trends. Historically, the party winning in these constituencies has often emerged victorious at the national level. These bellwether seats include Valsad, Jamnagar, Banaskantha, and Anand in Gujarat; Faridabad, Ambala, and Karnal in Haryana; Jammu and Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir; Alwar in Rajasthan; Secunderabad in Telangana; Sasaram in Bihar; and Ranchi in Jharkhand.



These constituencies have a history of aligning with the party that ultimately forms the government at the Centre. For instance, Alwar in Rajasthan voted for the BJP in 1999 and 2019 and for the Congress in 2004 and 2009. Similarly, Ranchi in Jharkhand supported the BJP in 1998, 1999, and 2019, and the Congress in 2004 and 2009. Karnal in Haryana has consistently mirrored national outcomes, voting for the BJP in 1999, 2014, and 2019, and for the Congress in 2004 and 2009. Faridabad, another key seat in Haryana, has shown a mixed pattern, voting for the BJP in 1998 and 1999, and for the Congress in multiple elections between 1980 and 1991.

Jammu in Jammu and Kashmir also exhibits this bellwether characteristic, having voted for the BJP in 1998, 1999, 2014, and 2019, and for the Congress in 2004 and 2009.

Several exit polls conducted by at least six different polling agencies suggest that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on track for a historic third term. These exit polls predict a decisive victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), forecasting a thumping majority that would secure Modi's leadership for another term.

The significance of these bellwether seats cannot be overstated. Their voting patterns are closely watched by political analysts and parties alike, as they provide a snapshot of the larger electoral mood across India. Historically, a strong performance in these constituencies has been a precursor to overall electoral success, making them critical indicators on the counting day.

For instance, the Alwar seat in Rajasthan has alternated between the BJP and Congress, reflecting the broader national trend. Similarly, the Ranchi seat in Jharkhand has a track record of switching between the BJP and Congress, indicative of the shifting political landscape. Karnal and Faridabad in Haryana also play pivotal roles in gauging the political pulse of the nation.

With the results set to be announced on June 4, these bellwether seats will be closely monitored for early trends. 

- With inputs from agencies

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