Lucknow,May 21(Udaipur Kiran) The Raebareli constituency in Uttar Pradesh, from where Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi has sought re-election, has drawn above four per cent more voters in just concluded Lok Sabha elections than the previous polls.
The reason is yet to be known but it was one of the first five constituencies in the state where voter turnout was the highest in the first six phases.
The Sonia represented seat has recorded more than 55 per cent votes this year as against 51 per cent in 2014.It could go the either way–in her favour or against her.Higher turnout does not necessarily mean higher anti-incumbency sentiment.
According to the latest official report,Banda constituency in drought-probe Bundelkhand region ,witnessed 7.14 per cent increase,the highest in first six phases.Hamipur in the same region has also figured in the list.
A scrutiny of voting percentage reveals that it was either equal or higher than 2014 in all the seven phases excepting one.
The first phase election was held on April 11.In this phase,there was a two per cent fall in percentage–from nearly 66 per cent to 64.
In no other phase there was a noticeable fall.The percentage was either almost equal or it was higher by one or two per cent.
In the second phase,for instance,the turnout was 62.39 per cent as against 61.87 per cent in the previous poll.
The third phase recorded only ten percentage point higher voting but there was almost one per cent increase in the fourth.
Interpretation varies from group to group.The pro-BJP believes that the equal or higher voter turnout was indicative of the same Modi (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) wave prevalent in the state this year
Knowledegeable sources,however,say that the SP-BSP-RLD alliance formed this year,unlike 2014,has caused damage to the ruling party.They would not like to hazard a guess regarding percentage.”Wait for two days.Everything will be crystal clear”,one of them advised.