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Delhi parties blame heat for lower voter turnout

IANS  |  New Delhi 

As the national capital on Sunday witnessed a less by about five per cent than in 2014, Delhi's ruling Party, and blamed the heat and high temperature for the low voter percentage.

While the and are confident that their voters have stepped out to vote, the says the turnout may impact its vote share.

BJP's Harish Khurana said his party is winning all the seats.

"The temperature was too high. So the percentage was low... Our dedicated voters stepped out and voted for us. It will benefit the as our cadre has," he said.

On all the seven seats in Delhi, which went to the polls on Sunday, there is a triangular contest among Congress, and BJP.

A said the Congress voters have stepped out to vote.

"The BJP voters stayed back because they were angry with the party. Our voters stepped out and voted," the said.

In 2014, when the city went to the polls on April 12, the maximum temperature was 35.6 degrees Celsius. On Sunday the maximum temperature was 38 degrees Celsius.

On Sunday, the was 60 per cent, while that in 2014 was 65 per cent.

While blamed heat for the low turnout, party's said the temperature was almost the same as the last year.

"This is a time when people go to home for a break. This was a major reason that the turnout was low. Ramzan was also a reason," Rai said.

Rai said that with people going homes, "the voters of AAP as well as other parties will be impacted".

"Another major reason was deletion of voters' names. This too discourage the voters," Bhardwaj said.

He said that among those deleted, "most were from the areas where AAP has its vote share".



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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 22:26 IST