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  1. More NOTAs cast in reserved seats

    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.

    Hmm…

  2. Sharmila not Allowed to Vote

    (Source: dalitwomenfight)

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  7. globalvoices:

About 814.5 million voters will be voting in nine phases in the world’s largest elections, starting April 7.
A Guide to India’s General Elections 2014
globalvoices:

About 814.5 million voters will be voting in nine phases in the world’s largest elections, starting April 7.
A Guide to India’s General Elections 2014
    High Resolution

    globalvoices:

    About 814.5 million voters will be voting in nine phases in the world’s largest elections, starting April 7.

    A Guide to India’s General Elections 2014

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