At a time when the Modi wave swept through the hill state by scoring more than half the votes, nearly 1% voters (29,155) were those who chose None Of The Above (NOTA) option.
Of the total over 30 lakh votes polled, NOTA bagged 29,155 votes, more than what Left parties' voteshare in the state. NOTA was introduced for the first time by the election commission. Highest number of NOTA votes (8,704) were polled in Kangra parliamentary segment. The number is fourth highest in the segment after votes polled to BJP, Congress and AAP.
In Shimla Lok Sabha segment, 7,787 NOTA votes were polled, followed by 6,473 in Hamirpur and 6,191 in Mandi. On the basis of assembly segments, highest votes for NOTA were polled in Chamba where 688 people chose NOTA, while lowest was recorded in Lahaul-Spiti where only 166 pressed NOTA.
Of the postal ballot, 36 were in favour of NOTA.
Head of the political science department at Himachal Pradesh University Kamal Manohar told HT that this was an option for those who otherwise would have stayed at home on the voting day. "It is not going to have any impact on electoral process but only reflects the number of people who don't find any of the candidates worthy of representing them," he said.