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High voter turnout is a welcome sign

Amidst the cacophony of scams, corruption, lawlessness and allegations, the highest-ever voter turnout in Delhi is a welcome sign. The turnout has been good in other states like Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh as well. For the national capital, the voter turnout was 66 per cent (at the time of going to press).

The credit for this goes to the alert Delhi voters who have been witnessing chaos in national politics, deadlock in Parliament over Lokpal Bill and shocking rape incidents. The awareness campaigns by concerned Delhi citizens, social activists and the media appears to have paid off.

How is this high turnout going to be a game changer for politics in Delhi? Is it going to prove a morale booster for Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, the Opposition, BJP, or the ruling Congress? If the past examples are anything to go by, highest voter turnouts have always gone against the ruling party. As it has been observed, the voter who is not happy with the ruling party is more determined to vote.

It happened in Maharashtra during 1995 polls when the turnout crossed a record 70 per cent. This went against the ruling Congress and that brought the Shiv Sena and BJP to the seat of power. But, after this, the state has not seen a higher turnout, and the reins of power have been firm in the hands of the Congress and NCP.

In Delhi, it is interesting to see who will emerge victorious. The poll outcomes favour BJP and offer the Aam Aadmi Party a convincing win at 15-16 assembly seats. Congress is being projected as the biggest loser. In any case more than 12 seats to AAP will be a moral booster for Kejriwal, who wants to make forays into other states and cities.  

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