Other castes rejecting SC, ST nominees?
One explanation could be that upper castes in reserved constituencies are choosing to use the NOTA option rather vote for a tribal or Dalit . After the Assembly election, a BJP spokesperson in Chhattisgarh told The Hindu that OBCs in some tribal constituencies voted NOTA to reassert their importance as they felt the BJP was trying to woo tribals. In Rajasthan, the District Magistrate of a tribal-dominated constituency said members of an agrarian OBC community told him they had voted NOTA. “The leader told me that everyone was pampering tribals and so they had voted NOTA ,” the DM said.
Others disagree with this explanation. “I don’t think that people are consciously voting in this way. It might be that people in these constituencies, who are not very well educated, are simply pressing the wrong button,” Sanjay Kumar, director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, and an expert on voter behaviour said.