NOTA Secures More Votes than Bharatiya Tribal Party Candidates on Three Reserved Seats in Gujarat
By News 18 24-May-2019
Since BJP won with a massive victory margin on all the 26 seats in Gujarat, NOTA did not play any spoilsport in these polls but tribal dominated seats continue to get higher NOTA votes.
Political observers were keenly watching how Bharatiya Tribal Party candidates perform in polls as it has emerged as the voice of tribals in Gujarat and nearby states.
Tribal leader Chhotu Vasava, formed his own Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) two-years ago. Chhotu Vasava is BTP MLA from Jhagadia while his son Mahesh Vasava is BTP MLA from Dediapada in Narmada District.
The BTP had won two Assembly seats in Rajasthan elections held last year. The new tribal party had fielded 11 candidates in Rajasthan, four in Madhya Pradesh and five in Chhattisgarh. While the party did not win any seat in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, it managed to win two, Chorasi and Sagwara — both bordering north Gujarat and ST reserved seats of Rajasthan.
In 2019 parliamentary polls, BTP fielded its candidates from Valsad, Bardoli, Chhota Udepur and Bharuch seats. Valsad, Chhota Udepur and Bardoli seats are reserved for Scheduled Tribals (ST).
According to Election Commission of India (ECI)’s data, NOTA secured more votes than BTP candidates in Valsad, Chota Udepur and Bardoli seats.
On Valsad seat, BTP candidate Pankaj Patel got 9536 votes whereas NOTA secured 10307 votes. In Chhota Udepur, BTP’s Rajesh Vasava got 10,632 votes while NOTA secured 32,868 votes.
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