Bhopal: NOTA may play spoilsport for a few, specially turncoats

Bhopal: NOTA option has always been a concern for the political parties, and in this by-elections, it is no exception. Candidates, especially the turncoats are worried that voters might reject them and go for NOTA - None Of The Above- to show their anger against them and the political parties.

In 28 seats where the by-polls are scheduled , 45,297 voters during the 2018 elections pressed NOTA to register a vote of rejection for all candidates who were contesting.  In as many as five places, NOTA was the 3rd top vote gainer. In many places NOTA shares stood at 4th and 5th position in vote percentage.

There were places where NOTA was not able to make it to the top ten ranks in the voting table. In Pohri, NOTA ranked 17th and in Joura it secured 14th position in the vote share.

The ministers contesting election from Surkhi Govind Singh Rajput, and from Sanchi Dr Prabhuram Choudhary, the NOTA had scored 3rd position in the voting tally in 2018 elections.

In Agar where the polling will be held  following the death of the sitting BJP MLA Manohar Utwal, the NOTA was the 3rd top scorer in 2018.

Now the political equations have completely changed with Congress and BJP leaders joining the rival’s camp. The political leaders are facing their opponents though from different platforms and the political analyst believed that if the voters were annoyed with the party hoppers, they rejecting the candidates can go for NOTA. There are also apprehensions that many votes might fall into the kitty of party rebel candidates who are contesting as an independent.  

S No Name of the Constituency NOTA

1 Dabra 2389

2 Bamori 1132

3 Surkhi 2137

4 Sanchi 2519

5 Sanwer 591

6 Sumawali 1086

7 Morena 1138

8 Dimini 438

9 Ambha 1255

10 Mehgaon 283

11 Gohad 982

12 Gwalior East 1873

13 Bhander 1227

14 Karera 1850

15 Pohri 428

16 Ashoknagar 2004

17 Mungawali 740

18 Anuppur 2730

19 Haatpipaliya 1847

20 Badnawar 2656

21 Suwasra 2976

22 Gwalior 1109

23 Dabra 2389

24 Bada Malhera 963

25 Joura 363

26 Agar 2160

27 Biaora 1481

28 Nepanagar 2551

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