Very few residents of posh condominiums turned up at the polling booths on Wednesday bringing the overall voter turnout in Gurgaon district to 69% — lower than the state average of 76%.
While all the four constituencies under the Gurgaon district clocked a voter turnout of 69%, Sohna remained at top with 77.4% turnout, followed closely by Pataudi at 68.9%, Badshahpur at 68.7% and Gurgaon at 64%.
The polling percentage was higher at some booths such as DLF 2, American Montessori School, which registered a voter turnout of 52.4% from 27% in 2009 assembly election, many from up-town high rises such as Malibu Town, Sushant Lok and DLF 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 refrained from voting.
“We have got very little response from such posh condominiums as Hamilton Court despite the fact that we went to plead them to turn up on polling day many a time. The situation is pathetic,” said Manish Arora, PRO of RWA of plot holders DLF-4.
“People have given up on politicians. None of them made any efforts to influence residents. It was only during last 4-5 days that the candidates came to talk to us. The candidates were also not very impressive and people were also not interested. The people here are busy with their lives. There is both lack of interest and lack of good candidates,” said colonel (retd) Sarvadaman Oberoi, secretary, Uniworld garden RWA.
Polling was slow during the first two hours, but by mid-day over 25% had cast their vote. While in DLF 3, polling percentage was around 43% as compared to 45% in Lok Sabha polls, it was 52% in DLF 2 as against 55.7%.
“Many people had to go to Delhi for their work. Also, none of the candidates have done much development work for the areas. During Lok Sabha polls, people voted as they wanted to bring Modi to the Centre,” said Viraj Choudhary,a resident of DLF-3.