With AAP entering Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, a look at the role of NOTA in the 2017 elections
Last Update: November 05, 2022, 11:16 IST
The BJP and the Congress have historically been popular choices of voters in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, but a certain section has scored higher than any other party in the two states in the last elections. None of the above (NOTA) option was the 4th most popular option on EVM machine The number of people in the 2017 elections held 115 out of 182 seats in Gujarat and 12 out of 68 seats in Himachal Pradesh.
This trend has gained importance in the wake of the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) efforts to make inroads in both the states, which have traditionally seen a bipolar contest.
1.84 percent voters in Gujarat The state supported NOTA in 2017. Simply put, about 5.51 lakh out of 3 crore voters of Gujarat did not like the choice of their candidates.
Voters voted for the BJP (49.05%) followed by the Congress (41.44%). Independent candidates, of whom 3 won out of 794 who contested, were the only group to have scored more than NOTA. In some constituencies like Ankleshwar, Botad, Manjalpur, Chhota Udaipur and Dasada, AAP’s vote count was less than the NOTA.
Similarly in Himachal Pradesh, the vote percentage in favor of NOTA was 0.9 per cent, with 34,232 out of 37.84 lakh voters not in favor of any candidate.
Here too, NOTA’s vote share was the fourth highest after BJP (48.79%), Congress (41.68%) and CPI(M) (1.47%).
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