Jamshedpur : The impressive rise in voting percentage in Jamshedpur has left political observers and party workers in Jamshedpur guessing. While the candidates are keeping their fingers crossed the analysts are engrossed with guess work.
The Jamshedpur parliamentary constituency that has 15,51,297 voters recorded 66.38 per cent of voting to decide the fate of 15 candidates in fray. A total of 10.49 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha constituency that comprises the following six Vidhan Sabha (legislative assembly) segments Baharagora Ghatshila, Potka, Jugsalai, Jamshedpur East and Jamshedpur West.
According to information, Baharagora Assembly area from where BJP candidate Vidyut Baran Mahto served as MLA recorded 74.56 per cent of voting, while the lowest voting Assembly area turned out to be Jamshedpur West, which is said to be strong hold of sitting MP and JVM candidate Dr Ajoy Kumar. Jamshedpur West area recorded the lowest 57.98 per cent of voting.
The poll analyst feel that the increase in percentage was the result of an active participation of the youth aged between18 and 25 and women voters. The experts opined that the high polling percentage was also due to the “effective use” of the social media by BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Moreover, Modi also addressed a rally in Jamshedpur that witnessed overwhelming participation of people from across the society.
Meanwhile the political parties are also involved in guess work over the high voting percentage. �The high voting percentage was the result of the campaign by our party. I must admit that Narendra Modi is very popular among the youth. When I say youth, I mean those aged between 18 and 25 years. The wave was visible on the voting day at many places. Moreover the high percentage of voting in Bahragora is a clear indication that Vidyut Baran Mahto will come out as a winner,� said Anil Modi, district BJP spokesperson.
Raj Kumar Srivastava, district BJP president said that the rise in the turnout in Jamshedpur can also be linked with the Modi factor.
CH Rammurthy, JVM media in-charge said that his candidate is assured of win. He said that Dr Kumar is very famous in rural areas and 67 per cent polling in Ghatshila and 69 per cent voting in Potka will ensure easy win for the party.
Meanwhile, Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce officials claimed that the regular drive by the trade helped to yield good result. In the last General Elections held in 2009, the voting poll percentage of Jamshedpur (East) was only 44 per cent and Jamshedpur (West) was only 38 per cent while it rosed to 61 per cent and 57 per cent in 2014 . The Tata Group has taken up an initiative to bring about awareness among women voters of India to rise and participate through the �Power of 49�.