The recent Assembly polls in four states and Puducherry did not bring good news for over 3,500 independent candidates as only nine of them could win.
Of those successful, the maximum six won from Kerala and one each from West Bengal, Assam and Puducherry. None of the 1,566 independent candidates, the highest among the four states, could win from Tamil Nadu.
A total of 3,526 independent candidates contested the Assembly polls. Of these, 782 were in Kerala, 711 in Assam, 371 in West Bengal and 96 in Puducherry, according to an analysis of Election Commission's data.
Polls were held between April 4 and May 16 for a total of 822 constituencies in the four states--West Bengal (294), Tamil Nadu (232), Kerala (140), Assam (126) and Union Territory of Puducherry (30). Polls in two constituencies of Tamil Nadu were deferred.
As many as 8,873 candidates had contested the polls. The highest number of 3776 were in Tamil Nadu, 1,961 in West Bengal, 1,581 in Assam, 1,203 in Kerala and 344 in Puducherry.
Of the total of 761 women candidates, as many as 320 were in the fray in Tamil Nadu, 200 in West Bengal, 111 in Assam, 109 in Kerala and 21 in Puducherry.