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AAP Makes Inroad Gujarat & Himachal Pradesh, A Look At NOTA’s Role In 2017 Polls

Last updated: November 05, 2022, 11:26 AM IST

The number of votes of AAP was even less than NOTA in some constituencies such as Ankleshwar, Botad, Manjalpur, Chhota Udaipur and Dasada.  (PTI photo)

The number of votes of AAP was even less than NOTA in some constituencies such as Ankleshwar, Botad, Manjalpur, Chhota Udaipur and Dasada. (PTI photo)

The trend has become more significant in view of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s attempts to break through in both states, which have traditionally experienced bipolar struggles.

BJP and Congress may have historically been the popular choice of voters in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, but one particular category scored more than any other party in both states in previous elections. The None of the above (NOTE) option on the EVM machine was the fourth most popular choice of people about 115 out of 182 seats in Gujarat and 12 out of 68 seats in Himachal Pradesh in the 2017 polls.

The trend has become more significant in view of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s attempts to break through in both states, which have traditionally experienced bipolar struggles.

In Gujarat, 1.84 percent of voters in the state elected NOTA in 2017. Simply put, about 5.51 lakh out of 3 crore voters in Gujarat did not prefer the choice of candidates they had.

Voters favored the BJP (49.05%), followed by Congress (41.44%). The Independent candidates, 3 of whom won out of 794 who entered, were the only group to score higher than the NOTA. The number of votes of AAP was even less than NOTA in some constituencies such as Ankleshwar, Botad, Manjalpur, Chhota Udaipur and Dasada.

Similarly, in Himachal Pradesh, the percentage of votes cast for NOTA was 0.9 percent with 34,232 out of 37.84 lakh voters not favoring any candidate.

Again, NOTA’s vote share was the fourth highest, after the BJP (48.79%), Congress (41.68%) and CPI(M) (1.47%).

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