Lok Sabha Elections 2019: In Gautam Budh Nagar constituency, rural voters will play key role
Of the nearly 22.5 lakh voters of the Gautam Budh Nagar Lok Sabha constituency, 16 lakh live in around 900 villages. An analyst said political parties have realised this fact and are focusing on canvassing in villages as compared to sectors in urban areas.Updated: Mar 19, 2019 11:52 IST
Rural voters will play a key role in deciding the fate of Lok Sabha candidates in Gautam Budh Nagar constituency as 16 lakh of the of the nearly 22.5 lakh total electors are residing in around 900 villages in the constituency. The remaining electors reside in urban areas— in housing complexes and plotted areas of Noida and Greater Noida.
“Political parties have realised this fact and are focusing on canvassing in villages as compared to sectors in urban areas. Traditionally, rural voters come out and vote in large numbers during the polls as compared to urban voters. Therefore, it is obvious that rural voters play a decisive role in the fate of candidates in Gautam Budh Nagar constituency,” Dr Vivek Mishra, an assistant professor of political science, Gautam Buddha University, said.
Before 2009, Noida and Greater Noida areas were part of Khurja Lok Sabha constituency.
Khurja is a small town in neighbouring Bulandshahr district. Bulandshahr district used to have two Lok Sabha constituencies— Bulandshahr itself and Khurja till 2004. In 2009, Gautam Budh Nagar was carved out as a separate constituency.
It has three segments — Noida, Dadri and Jewar — which are located in Gautam Budh Nagar district. And Sikandrabad and Khurja segments, which are part of Bulandshahr district also fall in the Gautam Budh Nagar Lok Sabha constituency.
That means Gautam Budh Nagar constituency has five segments — Noida, Dadri, Jewar, Sikandrabad and Khurja. Noida, which is an urban segment, has a total of 6,39,637 voters. Of them, around 2 lakh voters reside in villages. Apart from Noida, the other four segments predominantly consist of villages.
Dadri has 5,17,820 voters, Jewar has 3,31,518 voters, Sikandrabad has 3,78,856 and Khurja has 3,73,403 voters.
“Various political parties understand the fact that rural voters play a crucial role in this seat. Therefore, Bahujan Samaj Party, which has an alliance with Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal in Uttar Pradesh, is devoting more time on canvassing in villages as compared to sectors of Noida. Similarly, the Bharatiya Janata Party is also campaigning mostly in Jewar, Sikandrabad and Khurja since the elections were announced. The Congress is also focusing more in Khurja, Sikandrabad, Jewar and Dadri,” Vinay Chaudhary, a political expert and assistant professor at Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, said.
“Also because rural voters participate actively in electioneering, as opposed to urban voters who are mostly professionals and have hardly any time to devote to elections, political parties tend to woo rural votes,” he said.
In the 2014 parliamentary polls, Noida had recorded 55.40% polling, while it was 63.10% in Dadri, 61.6% in Jewar, 65.06% in Khurja and 64.50% in Sikandrabad segments.
“In the past, Noida has recorded the lowest polling percentage among all segments. Therefore, it is evident that the rural voters dominated segments of Dadri, Jewar, Sikandrabad and Khurja,” Ajay Goswami, a school teacher in Sikandrabad, who has been observing Lok Sabha and assembly elections closely for the past 20 years, said.
Even in 2017 UP assembly elections, Noida constituency recorded only 49% voter turnout, the lowest among the three segments of Gautam Budh Nagar. In Jewar and Dadri, the voter turnout was 66% and 61%, respectively. In Khurja, the voter turnout was 65.50 and in Sikandrabad, it was 67.13%.
“As you go from Noida towards Khurja, the voting percentage keeps increasing. That means parties are smart in focussing on rural segments more as compared to urban Noida,” Mishra said.
First Published: Mar 19, 2019 11:52 IST