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Rural, urban divide marked in voting style

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, April 11, 2014
First Published: 10:53 IST(11/4/2014) | Last Updated: 10:54 IST(11/4/2014)

With the city recording the highest- ever turnout this election, there were wide differences in voting behavior across the rural and urban parts.

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As Hindustan Times reported on Wednesday, more than 3 lakh rural voters are seen as holding the key to the result. At the time of going to press, there was no official word on the rural and urban voting percentages, but as this report shows the country-side seemed to have voted much more vigorously than the urban voters.

Rural pockets tended to vote early in the morning and in larger numbers on the polling day on Thursday, with the more elite sectors waking up rather late to the power of vote.

Polling booths at Palsora, Dhanas, Kajheri, Sector 56, Sector 38 West, Dadu Majra, Colony number 4, Maloya, Sector 52 and those in the Industrial Area witnessed long queues.

At Maloya, more than 400 people were in the queue at a time. In Palsora, voting was smooth, but waiting stood at around 250.

A possible reason cited for the enthusiasm to vote early was that most of them could not skip their work and wanted to leave for their respective jobs.

In the better-off Sectors like 9, 11, 10, 7 and even 15, mornings did not see any rush at the polling booths and the trend seemed to be for sporadic voting. People trickled in and voted here with hardly any waiting time in the queues.

Candidates in fray were also seen making a beeline for the colonies to make sure that they enthuse their workers and supporters enough to actually vote.

Aam Aadmi Party candidate Gul Panag started her day at 5am, visiting the colonies. Congress candidate Pawan Bansal and BJP candidate Kirron Kher were seen following her example.

Even senior BJP leader Sanjay Tandon and Kirron Kher’s husband actor Anupam Kher chose to first mark their presence with the rural electorate, estimated at 3 lakh, 50% of the electorate.

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