12 May, 2021

Winner Is Coming: The Game Of Numbers

A look at the constituencies which registered highest and lowest voter turnouts, breaking past records.

Winner Is Coming: The Game Of Numbers

Questions that the voter turnouts raise:

• Andhra Pradesh is among four states which have hit record highs in voter turnout since the 1962 Lok Sabha elections. Five constituencies, namely Eluru, Amalapuram, Narsapuram, Rajahmundry and Machilipatnam have all voted above 80% with the former four gaining more than 20% turnout compared to 2014. While TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu says the bump favours his party and falls in line with the Assembly election trends, YSRCP has taken the other line- that anti-incumbency is taking a toll. Whose line is it, anyway?

• Four constituencies from Madhya Pradesh have the next highest increase in voter turnout. Said to be Birbal's birthplace, Sidhi has registered over a 12% increase from 2014 and the predominantly tribal constituencies of nearby Shahdol, Mandla and Balaghat almost doing likewise with uncommon jumps. Jabalpur also has close to 11% increase and while the BJP has been in power at the Centre but ousted in the state recently, Kamal Nath as the Congress CM could be looked at by some as a factor to...

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