New Delhi: After pulling thousands of crowd in its movement to eliminate corruption from the country, the social activist Arvind Kejriwal’s newly formed political outfit Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is all set to join electoral politics. The AAP has announced that it will send ‘corrupt’ ministers to jail within six months of his party being voted to power.

The million dollar question arises that if the AAP can translate the popular sentiments of the common people into votes in the assembly and parliamentary elections. The political parties have been finding themselves in difficulty in translating vote shares into seats.

More importantly, slight difference in vote share can ruin the poll prospects of any political party in the elections. If we have a glance at the election results in the country, it clearly portrays how the little difference in vote share changes political equations.

During the 2012 assembly elections in politically important Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party registered victory on 224 seats with 29.15 percent of total votes polled. Its arch rival BSP managed to win only 80 seats with 25.91 percent. The slight difference of about 3 percent vote share in assembly polls dethroned the ruling BSP.

Similar was the story with Congress which returned to power in 2009 general elections with 205 seats. Its vote share was 28.6 percent, while the BJP’s tally was 116 seats with 18.82 percent.

It would be interesting to see that how many seats the AAP will win in the coming Delhi assembly elections. Generally, both the Congress and the BJP have been dominating the political scene in the national capital. Congress poll managers are of view that if the AAP fields candidates in Delhi assembly polls, it will benefit the grand old party. They cite reasons that there would be division in anti-incumbency against the Congress government.

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