BJP has made clear inroads into Kerala, though LDF has won the state with a whopping majority. Not only has it won its first seat in that state, thanks to 86-year-old O. Rajagopal, it has finished second in seven constituencies.
According to the latest data available with the election commission, BJP's vote share has risen to 10.6 percent. When the results of the 2011 assembly elections were declared, BJP's vote-share stood at a measly 6.03 percent.
In several seats, the BJP came a close second.
It came as no surprise, therefore, that an elated Narendra Modi congratulated his party cadres in the state and applauded their hard work.
I salute all those who built the BJP in Kerala, brick by brick, decade after decade. It is due to them that we are seeing this day.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 19, 2016
In Kerala, the persistence of the Party has paid off today & we will become an even stronger voice of the people. @BJP4Keralam— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 19, 2016
Following is a summary of votes that BJP candidates, who finished second, received.
SHAFI PARAMBIL Indian National Congress 57559
SOBHA SURENDRAN Bharatiya Janata Party 40076
VS Achuthanandan Communist Party of India (Marxist) 73299
C. Krishnakumar Bharatiya Janata Party 46157
P B Abdul Razak Indian Union Muslim League 56870
K Surendran Bharatiya Janata Party 56781
N A Nellikkunnu Indian Union Muslim League 64727
Ravisha Thantri Kuntra Bharatiya Janata Party 56120
Kadamkampally Surendran Communist Party of India (Marxist) 50079
V Muraleedharan Bharatiya Janata Party 42732
K Muraleedharan Indian National Congress 51322
Kummanam Rajasekharan Bharatiya Janata Party 43700
G S Jayalal Communist Party of India 67606
B B Gopakumar Bharatiya Janata Party 33199
Though BJP didn't do as well in West Bengal, it followed a similar trend in the state, though in a smaller scale. During the last Assembly elections in Bengal, the BJP didn't win a single seat and the party's vote share was 4.14 percent.
This time, the party has won three seats and its vote-share has increased to 10.2 percent.
Two of the constituencies, in which BJP won, their closest competitors were Congress candidates. Swadhin Kumar Sarkar won from Baishnabnagar by a margin of 4497 votes. Congress' Azizul Haque was trailing him. Dilip Kumar Ghosh won in Kharagpur Sadar. Congress' Gyan Singh Sohanpal was trailing by 6309 votes.
BJP's Manoj Tigga won In Madarihat, in Alipurduar district. He defeated TMC's Padam Lama by a whopping 22038 votes.