NOTA likely to play spoilsport in 2022 assembly polls

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NOTA likely to play spoilsport in 2022 assembly polls

PRAYAGRAJ :Given that None Of The Above (NOTA) has been a spoilsport in various assembly segments in the Prayagraj region, political parties that are busy finalising their polling strategy and names of candidates for the assembly elections are being extra cautious in selecting candidates this time. According to the results of the 2017 assembly elections, NOTA was fairly popular among voters. In fact, the number of NOTA votes cast in Pratappur assembly seat was greater than the winning candidate's victory margin. Although the NOTA option was only available in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, it was made available to voters for the first time in the 2017 assembly elections.

According to political observers, the numbers show that voters in Prayagraj, Kaushambi, and Pratapgarh made full use of it. Voters may vote against NOTA if they so desire, as directed by the Supreme Court. Mujtaba Siddiqui of the BSP was elected MLA from Pratappur assembly segment in 2017, defeating BJP-backed Apna Dal contender Karan Singh Patel by a margin of 2,654 votes. The fascinating fact is that there were 2,916 NOTA votes cast in this seat. As a result, Mujtaba's margin of victory was narrower than NOTA's. The outcome could have been different if voters had not expressed their discontent. According to political observers, nine of the 14 candidates running from here received fewer than NOTA votes.

The numbers for all three assembly segments in the urban region can also be used to estimate the extent to which NOTA was employed in the 2017 elections. There were 63 contestants in the race from the city's three assembly segments, Allahabad North, Allahabad South, and Allahabad West. 45 of these received less votes than NOTA. Allahabad South was in a similar predicament, with 663 votes cast in the NOTA category. Even with such a modest number of NOTA votes, 14 candidates received less votes than NOTA. The candidates of the CPI, RLD, and Nishad Party were unable to surpass the votes of the NOTA in this seat. In the Allahabad West constituency, eight of the 14 candidates received fewer than NOTA votes. NOTA was used by 1658 persons in this seat.

NOTA did not lag behind in sabotaging the political equations of major parties in Pratapgarh and Kaushambi. NOTA in Kunda had the most votes (3,986), followed by Manjhanpur with 3,949 votes. In numerous seats in Pratapgarh, the CPI and Nishad Party received fewer votes than the NOTA.