While polling percentages in this general election witnessed an impressive jump over 2009 in all the five states, with Delhi and Rajasthan leading the way with 65.09% turnout (up from 51.8%) and 63.75% (up from 55.28%) respectively, the story is different vis-a-vis the 2013 assembly polls.
Though Delhi has kept up voter enthusiasm, having recorded over 65% turnout to match the assembly poll figure of 66.02%, the four Naxalite-hit constituencies in Chhattisgarh recorded just around 60% turnout as compared to over 78% polling witnessed in November last year. High turnouts in the Naxalite-hit areas during the assembly polls had ensured a good haul for the Congress in the state polls — though not good enough to unseat the Raman Singh government.
In Rajasthan, compared to the record-breaking 75.67% turnout that was clocked in December 2013, polls in the 20 parliamentary seats so far have seen only 63.75% voters turning up. The latest figure, however, is far higher than the modest 48.46% turnout recorded in the 2009 general election. A similar story seemed to be playing out in Madhya Pradesh, where polls held across 19 of its 29 seats witnessed around 60% turnout as compared to 72.69% polling in the 2013 state polls. Of course, this marked a significant rise over the 51.16% polling in 2009.
In Mizoram, which recorded 83.41% turnout in November-December 2013, the poll percentage in the current parliamentary poll was far lower at 61.70%.
The trend is different in states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, where assembly polls were last held in 2012 and 2010 respectively. UP, which saw heavy polling in its riot-hit western parts, has recorded 65% polling so far, surpassing the 47.78% turnout in 2009 and 59.52% in the 2012 state polls.
In Bihar, where the poll is being watched with much interest post the JD(U)-BJP divorce, the turnout in 13 seats completed so far has been 55%. However, this is higher, not only than the 44.46% polling witnessed in the state in 2009 general election but also the 52.73% in the 2010 assembly polls.