Ghaziabad recorded 59.8% polling on Thursday, one of the highest in the Lok Sabha elections in the district since 1984.
The turnout was attributed high polling in rural assembly areas of Loni, Murad Nagar, Dhaulana and Modi Nagar (now a part of Baghpat Lok Sabha constituency).
As per figures recieved till 6pm on Thursday, Loni recorded a turnout of 60%, Murad Nagar 62%, Dhaulana 61%, Modi Nagar 64%, Sahibabad 56% and Ghaziabad another 56%. In the 2012 assembly elections, rural areas of Loni, Murad Nagar and Modi Nagar had recorded a similar turnout of more than 60%.
On the other hand, urban assembly areas such as Sahibabad and Ghaziabad recorded a comparatively lower turnout of 56% each on Thursday.
Candidates expressed satisfaction over the high turnout in Ghaziabad . “People are fed up with rising prices, corruption and coalition governments.
Ghaziabad falls under Western UP where people have seen riots at Muzaffar Nagar and Masuri. People in rural areas are more aware of politics and have keen interest and stakes are high,” said Pramod Kumar Yadav from Murad Nagar.
This was quite evident on Thursday in areas such as Loni, Murad Nagar, Dhaulana and Modi Nagar where rural voters braved high temperatures and long distances to reach their polling booths and cast votes. “The urban people feel they have lost motivation to go out and vote.
They don’t even attend meetings of local RWAs. This should change. Like rural voters, the urban population should know they can play a role in the system,” said Sudipta Pal, from Indirapuram.