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Noida: 60% voter turnout in Gautam Buddha Nagar

The constituency witnessed 60.3% polling, an 11.7 % jump over the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, when 48.54 % voting was recorded. The higher turnout is expected to upset all predictions about likely winners.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2014 01:33 IST
Amit Kumar
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Polling in Gautam Buddha Nagar parliamentary constituency was largely peaceful on Thursday.

The constituency witnessed 60.3% polling, an 11.7 % jump over the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, when 48.54 % voting was recorded. The higher turnout is expected to upset all predictions about likely winners.

Gautam Buddha Nagar constituency will see a close contest between BJP candidate Dr Mahesh Sharma, BSP candidate Satish Awana and the SP’s Narendra Bhati. While Mahesh Sharma hopes the Modi wave would work in his favour, Narendra Bhati sees the increase in polling as an anti-Modi and anti-UPA government wave.

The BSP’s Satish Awana, who is struggling to make this fight triangular, is hopeful the people of the constituency voted in his favour in large numbers to strengthen the party.

Though Congress candidate Ramesh Chand Tomar switched over to the BJP, Mahesh Sharma has not emerged as a clear front-runner in the race.

The Samajwadi Party’s Bhati is hopeful that Gujjars, who are about 12% of the total electorate, voted en masse for him to make him victorious. The BSP’s Satish Awana is banking on a division of the Gujjar vote and Dalit support.

This year, again, polling percentage in urban areas was lower than rural areas. Noida recorded 55.40% polling while it was 63.10% in Dadri, 61.6% in Jewar, 65.06% in Khurja and 64.50% in the Sikandrabad assembly segments.

A few political parties claimed malfunction of EVMs and doubted the identity of a few women voters.