Social Media Users share Fake Voting Percentage Data based on Religion

The recently concluded Karnataka Election and the post election drama kept social media busy for a few weeks. Senior BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa and BJP President Amit Shah tried to form a government in Karnataka but finally it was the JD(S)-Congress alliance which took the chair.

BJP had managed to win 104 seats and emerged as a single largest party in Karnataka. To keep BJP away from power, Congress extended its unconditional support to JD(S) to form a post poll alliance. Social Media users were busy pondering the reason for BJP not crossing the half way mark of 112 seats.

An analysis, which has been viral on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, tries to deduce the major reason for BJP getting short of mandate. Apparently the analysis suggested that the reason for BJP’s loss is due to low Hindu voting percentage. The viral post claims that percentage of voting among Muslims is 92%, Christians is 86% while among Hindus, it is 58% only.

Posted by The Nationalist on Monday, May 21, 2018

Karnataka voting percentage -Via Lata KumariMuslims-92%Xtians – 86%Hindus – 58%

Posted by Supria Pillai on Monday, May 21, 2018

Recent Karnataka Election analysis (Religion wise) – 92.1% Muslims voted; 86.3% Christians voted and only 58% Hindus…

Posted by Laxmi Pathi Raju on Monday, May 21, 2018

This data posted by several of these users is not true. The Election Commission of India does not provide voting percentage data based on the religion of voters. It is not possible for any private agency to collect this sort of data.

As per a report by Firstpost, there are 33 seats in Karnataka which have a Muslim population of more than 15 percent. The BJP’s tally in these seats rose from six to fifteen. Two things have worked for the BJP: A consolidation of Hindu votes in the party’s favour cutting across caste lines, and especially in seats like Muddebihal, a split of the minority votes between Congress and JD(S), which helped the saffron party.”

Data can be collected based upon the population percentage in a particular constituency, which can be later segregated as Hindu, Muslim or Christian. In the past, no organisation including the Election Commission of India, has been able to provide such voting percentage data based on religion. The above mentioned analysis by Facebook and Twitter users lacks any evidence and can be safely assumed to be fake.