Lok Sabha elections 2019- Voter turnout higher in city’s affluent areas than slums; Gadchiroli tops state
Malabar Hill, Matunga, Ghatkopar, Kandivli (West) and Borivli recorded most voting on Monday, while Assembly segments in Dharavi, Shivaji Nagar, Chandivli, Magathane, Byculla and Mumbadevi saw comparatively lower turnouts.Updated: May 01, 2019, 01:57 IST
Final data released by state election authorities at the end of polling in Maharashtra indicated not only a rise in overall voter turnouts, but also an interesting trend in the way Mumbai voted this time.
Turnouts were higher from the city’s affluent and middle-class localities, as well as areas with trading community populations, compared to slums and places with a predominantly working-class population — a trend that analysts say could help the Bharatiya Janata Party and ally Shiv Sena retain seats in Mumbai.
Malabar Hill, Matunga, Ghatkopar, Kandivli (West) and Borivli recorded most voting on Monday, while Assembly segments in Dharavi, Shivaji Nagar, Chandivli, Magathane, Byculla and Mumbadevi saw comparatively lower turnouts.
Across Maharashtra, voter turnout rose to 60.80%, marginally higher than 2014’s 60.32%.
Mumbai saw a 3.7% higher turnout than five years ago — from 2014’s 51.59% to 55.29% this year.
Among the state’s 48 constituencies, the highest voting was recorded in the Gadchiroli-Chimur region, at 71.58%; the lowest turnout was in Kalyan, at 44.27%. Polling in Maharashtra began on April 11, was held in four phases and ended on Monday.