After low voting turnout, candidates wait for their fate

 After low voting turnout, candidates wait for their fate

Voting was held on Sunday in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar municipal corporations

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As the counting will begin on Tuesday, political parties have opted for wait and watch policy

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Ajeet Tiwari

After six municipal corporations in Gujarat went for voting on Sunday, candidates are not very confident about their results as the polls saw comparatively less turnout of voters.

Parties including BJP, Congress and AAP, are now gathering information from their supporters to know the mood of the voters. The Election Commission has completed all necessary preparations for the counting of votes, which will be done on Tuesday.

Apart from the BJP and Congress, for the first time, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has jumped into the fray. It is contesting in all six cities. Even though, the BJP has an upper hand in this elections, AAP is also confident about the outcome.

The polling percentage in the six cities on Sunday itself was almost the same as previous years or rather it has decreased by 1.7 percent. Voting was held on Sunday in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar municipal corporations in the state. The voting percentage was recorded as 45.64%.

Voting in these cities started at a slow pace till noon but gained momentum later on. The most disappointing turnout was of state’s largest city Ahmedabad.

Notwithstanding the falling daily numbers of new Covid 19 infections, political parties had feared low turnouts. In their campaigns, leaders were urging voters to participate enthusiastically in the elections. Apart from pandemic, the reason for low turnout could be dissatisfaction among the voters. As every year they are promised better amenities, like better roads and health care, but seldom promises are fulfilled. It seems likely that any decline in voting percentage will impact the ruling party more than the opposition.

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