Yogi Adityanath once again justified his title of being the star campaigner of the saffron party with a strike rate of 69% this time. Out of his 74 rallies in four states during the state assembly elections of 2018 BJP had been able to bag 51 seats. Rajasthan witnessed the very best of Yogi; where BJP won 25 out of 26 constituencies on which CM Yogi had addressed the rallies.
Many main stream media houses and political observers are trying to portray Yogi Adityanath as the reason for BJP’s defeat. But the reports state another story. Yogi’s strike rate is even better than ‘the celebrated prince of the assembly elections,’ Rahul Gandhi. CM Yogi leaves Rahul Gandhi far behind, when it comes to conversion rate by a margin of 13%. Rahul Gandhi rallied in 58 constituencies in total, out of those 33 seats were grabbed by The Congress party with a strike rate of 56%.
Let’s look closely at the stats of both the leaders in each state. In Rajasthan, Rahul Gandhi addressed rallies in 17 constituencies and Congress won in 8 of them with a conversion rate of 47%. While Yogi addressed rallies in 26 constituencies out of those BJP won in 25 with a conversion rate of 96%. Not to mention the fact that conversion rate margin between the two is almost equal to the conversion rate of the ‘PM in waiting since eternity’ Rahul Gandhi.
In Madhya Pradesh, Rahul Gandhi addressed rallies in 23 constituencies and Congress won in 11 of them with a conversion rate of 48%. While CM Yogi addressed in 21 constituencies out of those BJP won in 17 with a conversion rate of 81%. Again, the Yogi factor ruled out the charm of Rahul Gandhi.
Yogi had a 69% strike rate: 74 rallies in #AssemblyElections2018 with 51 wins for BJP. Strike rate would be higher if you exclude Telangana. In Rajasthan he addressed rallies in 26 constituencies; BJP won in 25 of them. The 'Yogi Factor' story got buried in pointless blather. https://t.co/77FSMVoqOW
— Kanchan Gupta (@KanchanGupta) December 15, 2018
Chhattisgarh is the only state where Rahul Gandhi got the better of the star campaigner of the BJP. Here, Rahul Gandhi rallied in 18 constituencies and Congress won in 14 of them with a conversion rate of 78%. While Yogi addressed rallies in 23 constituencies and BJP won in 8 of them with a conversion rate of 35%. Here, Yogi Adityanath had been left behind by Rahul Gandhi but there were other factors in work, which led to such a mandate. One of the factors is the complacency of BJP supporters regarding the victory of their party. The downfall of the saffron party in Central Chhattisgarh which is used to be a strong hold of BJP solidifies this argument. Another one is the high percentage of Nota votes.
After the defeat of BJP in recent assembly elections, some media portals had unfavorably attributed the loss to CM Yogi.
Whatever the Congress friendly media tries to project regarding the future of BJP by saying there is nothing as such “The Yogi Factor”, “Modi Magic” or “Modi Lehar” but these calculations show another story. These assembly elections may be projected as semi-finals by main stream media; and they are speculating that the same results will be replicated in the finals of ‘2019 Lok Sabha’ election. However, it should be noted that this assertion does not hold water after a closer analysis.