The bumper polling in the state has sent shockwaves in political parties. The political parties, which were earlier appealing for heavy polling, have become perplexed seeing the record voter turnout, which stood at 74.85%. Congress state president Kamal Nath, in all his meetings with different communities, had appealed for voting in large numbers. BJP too had launched public awareness campaign for voting. BJP, even on the polling day, got an advertisement published urging for 90 per cent polling.
With polling percentage touching 75 per cent in the state, the political leaders of BJP and Congress have become restless. BJP claims that heavy polling was an outcome of RSS efforts. Revenue minister Umashankar Gupta said high voting percentage was an outcome of the efforts made by RSS workers in village areas.
Meanwhile, Congress leaders have termed heavy voter turnout a result of anti-incumbency factor in rural areas. Nath claimed that heavy polling was in Congress’ favour. Congress and the BJP are now busy in making inferences about their victory and defeat on the basis of boothwise information related to polling.
Seats recording over 80 % voting to decide fate of govt
In 44 assembly seats in the state, the polling percentage was more than 80 per cent. The assembly seats namely Ichawar, Sehore, Malhargarh, Sohagpur, Silwani, Narsinghgarh, Kewlari, Depalpur, Manasa, Biaora, Kasrawad, Amarwara, Sonsar, Ratlam city, Susner, Kalapipal, Mhow, Seoni Malwa, Chorai, Aalot, Sailana, Rajgarh, Shujalpur, Agar, Piparia, Zora, Indore-5, Suasara, Paraswara, Neemuch, Sarangpur, Khilchipur, Badnagar, Ghoradongri, Ratlam rural, Shajapur, Balaghat, Barghat, Mandsaur, Jawad, Parasia, Varaseoni, Katangi and Kukshi are the seats which witnessed heavy polling. The votes cast on these seats in favour of any party will decide the fate of the party forming the government in the state.