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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.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 12, 2019 10:48 IST
Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa
Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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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)

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
GopalganjJanak Ram, BJP
SiwanOm Prakash Yadav, BJP
MaharajganjJanardan Singh Sigriwal, BJP
Paschim ChamparanDr. Sanjay Jaiswal, BJP
Purvi ChamparanRadha Mohan Singh, BJP
SheoharRama Devi, BJP
VaishaliRama Kishore Singh, LJP
Valmiki NagarSatish Chandra Dubey, BJP
Madhya Pradesh
BhindDr. Bhagirath Prasad, BJP
BhopalAlok Sanjar, BJP
GunaJyotiraditya Scindia, Congress
GwaliorNarendra Singh Tomar, BJP
MorenaAnoop Mishra, BJP
SagarLaxmi Narayan Yadav, BJP
VidishaSushma Swaraj, BJP
RajgarhRodmal Nagar, BJP
Delhi
South DelhiRamesh Bidhuri, BJP
West DelhiParvesh Sahib Singh Verma, BJP
East DelhiMaheish Girri, BJP
Chandni ChowkHarsh Vardhan, BJP
North West DelhiUdit Raj, BJP
North East DelhiManoj Tiwari, BJP
New DelhiMeenakshi Lekhi, BJP
Haryana
Ambala (SC)Rattan Lal Kataria, BJP
KurukshetraRaj Kumar Saini, BJP
Sirsa (SC)Charanjeet Singh Rori, INLD
HisarDushyant Chautala, JJP
KarnalAshwini Kumar Chopra, BJP
SonipatRamesh Chander Kaushik, BJP
RohtakDeepender Hooda, Congress
Bhiwani–MahendragarhDharambir, BJP
GurgaonRao Inderjit Singh, BJP
FaridabadKrishan Pal Gurjar, BJP
Uttar Pradesh
AllahabadShyama Charan Gupta, BJP
Ambedkar NagarHariom Pandey, BJP
AzamgarhMulayam Singh Yadav, SP
BastiHarish Dwivedi, BJP
BadohiVirendra Singh, BJP
DomariyaganjJagdambika Pal, BJP
JaunpurKP Singh, BJP
LalganjNeelam Sonkar, BJP
MachhlishahrRam Charitra Nishad, BJP
PhulpurNagendra Pratap Singh Patel, SP
PratapgarhKuwar Harivansh Singh, Apna Dal
Sant Kabir NagarSharad Tripathi, BJP
Shrawasti Daddan Mishra, BJP
SultanpurVarun Gandhi, BJP
Jharkhand
DhanbadPashupati Nath Singh, BJP
GiridihRavindra Kumar Pandey, BJP
JamshedpurVidyut Baran Mahto, BJP
SinghbhumLaxman Gilua, BJP
West Bengal
BankuraMoon Moon Sen, Trinamool Congress
BishnupurSaumitra Khan, Trinamool Congress
JhargramUma Saren, Trinamool Congress
GhatalDeepak Adhikari, Trinamool
KanthiSisir Adhikari, Trinamool Congress
MedinipurSandhya Roy, Trinamool Congress
PuruliaMriganko Mahato, Trinamool
TamlukDibyendu Adhikari, Trinamool Congress

First Published: May 12, 2019 06:40 IST

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