NOTA’s role in outcome of five state assembly elections

There were speculations that a significant share of angered general caste voters may opt for NOTA (none of the above) section in five state assembly elections. The general castes have voiced their anger on multiple occasions, especially against the BJP, after central Government overturned SC verdict of amendments in SC/ST act by bringing an ordinance.

Now as the results are out, it seems like the NOTA factor did indeed play a role in the overall outcome.

A good share of votes in all the five states, went to NOTA. Topping the list is Chhattisgarh, where more than 2% vote share went to NOTA, leaving behind the likes of AAP that got 0.9%. CPI has 0.3%. Samajwadi Party (SP) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) both have 0.2% in the state. Gondwana Ganatantra Party (GGP) has 1.8%.

This is followed by Madhya Pradesh, where NOTA got 1.4% votes, leaving behind, Samajwadi Party with 1.2 percent votes and AAP with 0.7. In Rajasthan, NOTA again got 1.4 percent votes, leaving behind Communist party, Samajwadi Party and NCP.

Similarly in Telangana and Mizoram NOTA got 1.1 and 0.5 percent votes respectively.

On Tuesday, results for assembly elections in five states came out. The bad news was for BJP, which failed to defend its Government in three states, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. While as it is said that ‘one’s loss is another’s gain,’ Congress made a remarkable return in national politics by winning all three of those state which BJP lost.

However, Congress failed to defend its Government in Mizoram, with which it would have been ruling over 7 states now. However, even now with the addition of three new states, Congress has a total of 6 provinces under its possession and now looks to continue the momentum to 2019 General elections.

Regional parties also fared well in the elections with K Chandrasekhar Rao led Telangana Rashtra Samithi sweeping Telangana. Mizo National Front also had a thumping victory in Mizoram.

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