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NOTA shows mirror to politicians

Vandana Singh, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, May 16, 2014
First Published: 22:33 IST(16/5/2014) | Last Updated: 23:13 IST(16/5/2014)

Most of the attention during these elections remained focused on the fate of major political parties and their leaders and new candidates like that of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), but for those voters, who were fed up with them, a new candidate emerged, known as NOTA (None of The Above).


This new 'candidate' grabbed more votes than the total votes polled for 11 of the total 22 candidates of the Ludhiana constituency.

A total of 3,220 votes were polled for the NOTA in Ludhiana, that stood 12th in the winning list of all 22 candidates. These votes might seem small in number and unable to affect the result of any winning or losing candidate, but still these votes showed the anger towards the candidates who contested the elections from Ludhiana.

The Supreme Court provided this tool to voters in September 2013, for those, who were not satisfied with any candidate.

There were four major candidates from Ludhiana, including SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali, Congress candidate Ravneet Singh Bittu, AAP candidate HS Phoolka and independent candidate Simarjit Singh Bains.

A voter Gurtej Singh opted for the NOTA only as he said, "It may be considered as rebellion, but the fact is that I could not find any leader worth voting for."

At the state level, constituencies where AAP won had lower NOTA votes as compared to other constituencies.

While Sangrur had 2,188 NOTA votes, Patiala, Faridkot and Fatehgarh had 3,008, 3,816 and 4,005 NOTA votes respectively. But in districts where the AAP was not in top position, NOTA votes were more in number, like in Ferozepur 7,685, in Anandpur Sahib 5,937 and in Hoshiarpur 5,976.


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