With voting began sluggisly in Bawana on a rainy Wednesday morning, it continued to remain same for rest of the day. The constituency just witnessed 45 percent of total voting, the lowest in 19 years. The bypoll was needed after AAP MLA Ved Prakash left the party to join the BJP ahead of municipality elections, Indian Express said.
As per the report, about 8 percent polling was seen in first hour, which increased to 35 percent by 3 pm and ended at 45 percent when the poll ended at 6 pm. In the constituency, a reserved seat with 26 rural villages which traditionally voted for BJP and unauthorised colonies, and slum clusters that have voted for Congress and, and of late the AAP — the voter turnout is key, all three main parties in the national capital maintained.
“The voting pattern here changed in 1998 when the massive migration from UP and Bihar shifted the electoral advantage away from the BJP to the Congress. Our candidate, Surender Kumar, won continuously from 1998 to 2013,” a senior Congress leader was quoted as saying by the paper.
“It’s raining, but we have come out to vote in the rain before. Perhaps people are just tired. There have been four elections in the last four years, politics has become a joke,” said Mohammad Irfan, a resident of Shahbad Dairy told Indian Express.
Others said that despite the government order to close factories at Bawana Industrial Area, several units continued to remain open, which could have led to ‘disillusionment’. With the turnout more pronounced in populated areas of the Bawana, where both Congress and AAP claim to have strongholds, political calculations of both parties went hayware.
For AAP, voting in villages will be the key. the party hopes to reverse its fortunes after defeats in the Punjab and Goa Assembly polls and the MCD elections. “AAP had promised Rs 2 crore to each village here, a total of Rs 52 crore as part of the Smart Village scheme. It remains to be seen whether that translates to votes,” an AAP leader was quoted as saying by Indian Express.