Mumbai Record Low Turnout of 52.2 Percent Compared to 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

In spite of the hot weather and concerns about voting process delays, Mumbai’s general election participation on Monday was 52.27 percent, which was less than in 2019. Mumbai South, a seat with a significant concentration of government officials and businesspeople, performed the lowest, with 47.7 percent of the vote. The city’s six Lok Sabha seats had a combined voting percentage of 55.38 percent in 2019.

According to statistics from the Election Commission, the Mumbai North constituency polled 55.21 percent on Monday, while the Mumbai North Central 51.42 percent, Mumbai North East 53.75 percent, Mumbai North West 53.67 percent, Mumbai South 47.70 percent, and Mumbai South Central 51.88 percent.

Sena (UBT) leader Uddhav Thackeray claimed that the voting process was purposefully held down, even if, in many locations, early risers at polling centers fled without casting a ballot due to lengthy lines. Many polling places received complaints from voters who had to wait in line for over an hour in order to cast their ballots.

A voter in Goregaon East’s Bimbisar Nagar said, “I arrived to cast my ballot at noon, but it took about an hour and a half. Even though I’m older, I still went to vote, even if it took longer than it did in 2019.

“Voters are very enthusiastic, but the Election Commission is only doing half of its job. During an afternoon news conference, Uddhav Thackeray said that the officials of the European Commission were causing delays in certain regions.

Standing in line at a voting place in Mumbai’s Malad district, Sena (UBT) member Priyanka Chaturvedi said, “It is anticipated that nearly 2,000 voters will cast ballots at a single booth.” To speed up, the EC ought to have supplied two machines (EVMs). The EC seems to be dissuading individuals from casting ballots. Voting begins at ten a.m. for those who have been standing since seven thirty a.m.

Varsha Gaikwad, a Congress candidate running in the Mumbai North Central seat, stated: “I have heard from people that there are insufficient amenities at voting places. Their patience is being tested by the long lines and the heat. A few individuals have gone back home without using their right to vote.

The voters’ discomfort was exacerbated by high humidity and a maximum temperature of 35 degrees Celsius. In Mumbai North, union minister Piyush Goyal is running against Congressman Bhushan Patil; in Mumbai North East, Sanjay Dina Patil of the Shiv Sena (UBT) is running against BJP candidate Mihir Kotecha; and in Mumbai North Central, BJP advocate Ujjwal Nikam is running against Congresswoman Varsha Gaikwad.

In Mumbai North West, Amol Kirtikar, a member of the Shiv Sena, is competing against Ravindra Waikar; in Mumbai South Central, Anil Desai, a member of the Sena, is taking on Rahul Shewale; and in Mumbai South, Arvind Sawant, a member of the Sena, is taking on Yamini Jadhav, a member of the Sena. Prominent voters in Maharashtra’s capital included industrialists Anil Ambani, Mukesh Ambani, Ratan Tata, and movie stars Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Nana Patekar, Shreyas Talpade, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Hema Malini, Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Ashok Saraf, and Prashant Damle. In the 13 Maharashtra seats where voting took place on Monday for the state’s last round of elections, the overall voting percentage was 54.22.

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