Since the 1960s, Delhi has mostly voted in favour of the party that goes on to win the Lok Sabha elections.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)
Since the 1960s, Delhi has mostly voted in favour of the party that goes on to win the Lok Sabha elections.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019 Phase 6: All eyes on Delhi in 6th round of polling for Lok Sabha elections

Among the 18 seats in the four cities, increase in voter turnout was the highest in South Delhi, 15.5 percentage points. The turnout dropped in just two seats, Chennai North and Chennai South.
By Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2019 10:48 AM IST

Between the 2009 and 2014 parliamentary elections, Delhi saw the most impressive growth in turnout among metropolitan cities, with a 13.3 percentage point increase – from 51.8% to 65.1%. Analysts attribute this to the wave of engaged political activism that was created largely by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) although the party itself wasn’t the beneficiary of this. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won all seven parliamentary seats in the country’s capital.

Indeed, since the 1960s, Delhi has mostly voted in favour of the party that goes on to win the Lok Sabha elections.

To be sure, 2014 saw an increase in turnout at the national level too, to 66.4% from 58.2% in 2009, an increase many attribute to the Narendra Modi wave (and the strong anti-incumbency sentiment against the United Progressive Alliance). This year, Chennai has seen a slight fall in turnout to 59.4% from 61.5% in 2014, but Mumbai has seen an increase from 51.5% to 55.3%.

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Overall turnout numbers at the national level are just about a percentage point less than in 2014. Among the four metropolitan cities in India, polling for the 2019 general election has finished in Mumbai and Chennai. Kolkata will vote in the seventh phase of elections on May 19 while Delhi will go to polls in the sixth phase on Sunday.

The four cities account for 18 parliamentary constituencies (PCs). Seven of them are in Delhi, two in Kolkata, three in Chennai and six in Mumbai. To be sure, some parts of these cities might not be included in these PCs. For example, the Salt Lake locality in Kolkata is a part of Barasat PC in Bengal rather than the Kolkata North or Kolkata South PCs.

 

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Kolkata saw the highest voter turnout at 68.1% among these four cities. Delhi was a close second.

Among the 18 PCs in the four cities, increase in voter turnout was the highest in South Delhi, 15.5 percentage points. The turnout dropped in just two PCs, Chennai North and Chennai South.

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Statistics for the 2019 elections show that Mumbai and Chennai have maintained the trend in voter turnout which was seen between 2009 and 2014. Voter turnout in Mumbai has risen by four percentage points while the figure in Chennai has dropped further by two percentage points. It remains to be seen whether Delhi can maintain the pace of increase in voter turnout it has shown between 2009 and 2014. While increase in voter turnout in Delhi has been impressive between 2009 and 2014, it was marginally below the all-India voter turnout figure of 66.4% in 2014.

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Voter turnout in Delhi has been lower than the national figure in all general elections since 1989. Can it buck that trend this time?

 

Bihar
Gopalganj Janak Ram, BJP
Siwan Om Prakash Yadav, BJP
Maharajganj Janardan Singh Sigriwal, BJP
Paschim Champaran Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal, BJP
Purvi Champaran Radha Mohan Singh, BJP
Sheohar Rama Devi, BJP
Vaishali Rama Kishore Singh, LJP
Valmiki Nagar Satish Chandra Dubey, BJP
Madhya Pradesh
Bhind Dr. Bhagirath Prasad, BJP
Bhopal Alok Sanjar, BJP
Guna Jyotiraditya Scindia, Congress
Gwalior Narendra Singh Tomar, BJP
Morena Anoop Mishra, BJP
Sagar Laxmi Narayan Yadav, BJP
Vidisha Sushma Swaraj, BJP
Rajgarh Rodmal Nagar, BJP
Delhi
South Delhi Ramesh Bidhuri, BJP
West Delhi Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma, BJP
East Delhi Maheish Girri, BJP
Chandni Chowk Harsh Vardhan, BJP
North West Delhi Udit Raj, BJP
North East Delhi Manoj Tiwari, BJP
New Delhi Meenakshi Lekhi, BJP
Haryana
Ambala (SC) Rattan Lal Kataria, BJP
Kurukshetra Raj Kumar Saini, BJP
Sirsa (SC) Charanjeet Singh Rori, INLD
Hisar Dushyant Chautala, JJP
Karnal Ashwini Kumar Chopra, BJP
Sonipat Ramesh Chander Kaushik, BJP
Rohtak Deepender Hooda, Congress
Bhiwani–Mahendragarh Dharambir, BJP
Gurgaon Rao Inderjit Singh, BJP
Faridabad Krishan Pal Gurjar, BJP
Uttar Pradesh
Allahabad Shyama Charan Gupta, BJP
Ambedkar Nagar Hariom Pandey, BJP
Azamgarh Mulayam Singh Yadav, SP
Basti Harish Dwivedi, BJP
Badohi Virendra Singh, BJP
Domariyaganj Jagdambika Pal, BJP
Jaunpur KP Singh, BJP
Lalganj Neelam Sonkar, BJP
Machhlishahr Ram Charitra Nishad, BJP
Phulpur Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel, SP
Pratapgarh Kuwar Harivansh Singh, Apna Dal
Sant Kabir Nagar Sharad Tripathi, BJP
Shrawasti Daddan Mishra, BJP
Sultanpur Varun Gandhi, BJP
Jharkhand
Dhanbad Pashupati Nath Singh, BJP
Giridih Ravindra Kumar Pandey, BJP
Jamshedpur Vidyut Baran Mahto, BJP
Singhbhum Laxman Gilua, BJP
West Bengal
Bankura Moon Moon Sen, Trinamool Congress
Bishnupur Saumitra Khan, Trinamool Congress
Jhargram Uma Saren, Trinamool Congress
Ghatal Deepak Adhikari, Trinamool
Kanthi Sisir Adhikari, Trinamool Congress
Medinipur Sandhya Roy, Trinamool Congress
Purulia Mriganko Mahato, Trinamool
Tamluk Dibyendu Adhikari, Trinamool Congress
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