Over a lakh residents of privately developed posh localities, especially condominiums in New Gurgaon, are desperately looking forward to the October 13 Assembly poll.
Long facing the brunt of civic problems and neglected by the authorities, they plan to turn out in large numbers to decide the fate of candidates from Gurgaon and the newly constituted Badshahpur constituency.
In 2000, some polling booths like the community centre in DLF City (Phase I) had registered a dismal 12 per cent turnout.
But the so-called posh voters have done away with their image of ‘no-voting citizens’ who preferred to stay in their air conditioned homes during polls.
Rao Dharampal, Congress candidate from Badshahpur, admitted these residents had become more involved in local governance now.
“They are coming out in numbers to exercise their franchise. This was quite evident during the last parliamentary poll in DLF City II & III,” he said.
“They have promised to set aside all their commitments and cast their vote on October 13,” Dharampal said.
New Gurgaon registered a 70 per cent voter turnout in places like DLF City during the last parliamentary polls in 2005.The Gurgaon seat has about 48,000 urban voters while Badshahpur has about 60,000 urban voters.
“The number of voters in posh localities in New Gurgaon has grown from a meagre 18,000 to 48,000 in the recent summery revision of electoral rolls. And this time the turnout is going to cross the 70 per cent mark here and could touch 80 per cent,” said Dharam Sagar, the chairman of Federation of RWAs (FORWA).
Abhey Punia of Suncity RWA claimed that all 3600 voters of Suncity at Golf Course Road would cast their vote.