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Congress says no Modi or BJP wave in Gujarat

soniagandhi-narendra-modi A low turnout was recorded in the state despite intensive voter awareness campaigns launched by the EC.
Ahmedabad | Posted: May 3, 2014 4:24 am | Updated: May 5, 2014 7:13 am

Even though the polling percentage in April 30 polls in the state was the highest in the recent history of the Lok Sabha elections in the state, Congress said that merely 63.13 per cent of voters turning out to vote indicated that there was no “Modi wave” in the state, as claimed by the BJP before the polling day.

Congress leaders said that against this, the voter turn-out in the December 2012 Assembly polls was 71.32 per cent, about eight per cent higher that that of Wednesday polls in the state.

State Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi, who claimed to have analysed the polling data of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls as well as that of the 2012 Assembly election, said that had there had been a wave in favour of the BJP in the state, then the polling percentage in the Lok Sabha election should have been higher than that of the Assembly polls just two years ago.

Doshi said that the voter turnout was low, despite the fact that the number of voters in 2014 Lok Sabha polls had increased to 4.05 crore from 3.80 crore of the 2012 Assembly election.

“While the voters’ strength has increased  by over 25 lakh in one and half years, the polling percentage has gone down,” he pointed out.

“What does this indicate? If there was a wave in favour of any party, particularly Modi, polling percentage should have risen at least in proportion with the increase in voters’ strength. But this has not happened. This negates the claim of Modi and the BJP leaders of a wave in favour of the saffron party,” Doshi added. He said that a low turnout was recorded in the state despite intensive voter awareness campaigns launched by the EC.

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