India votes in strength, but tech-savvy Bangalore disappoints

By Deepak Nagpal | Last Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 09:20

Zee Media Bureau/Deepak Nagpal

Bangalore: On Thursday, the biggest day of India`s ongoing General Elections, Bangalore`s educated urban population was expected to come out in huge numbers to vote.

However, the city disappointed the most with only 54 percent voter turnout recorded.

In fact, the city used the extra holiday on Thursday to go on extended weekend break, with Friday, Saturday and Sunday too being holidays (the first one on account of Good Friday).
The city`s voter turnout was far less than the national average of 65.45 percent recorded for the 121 seats that saw polling on Thursday – the fifth phase of 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Many were disappointed because the city failed to vote in good numbers despite there being a lot of buzz and excitement, especially among young voters.

The entry of the anti-corruption Aam Aadmi Party in national poll scene was expected to lure the tech-savvy, urban populace to poll booths. However, this factor too failed to result in queues at the polling stations.
Several voters, who came out to vote, blamed the indifferent attitude of the city`s populace for choosing to stay away from poll booths.

Bangalore has four Lok Sabha constituencies – Bangalore North, Bangalore South, Bangalore Central and Bangalore Rural – with the second one witnesing a high-profile contest between Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani and BJP`s Anantha Kumar.

First Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 09:20

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