NOTA Ok Please: 1.38 lakh Mumbaikars say None of the Above

The data was revealed during the vote counting on October 24 as the voters decided that none of the candidates were eligible for their vote. Mumbai witnessed a rise of 114 per cent in the number of votes NOTA received

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On October 21, Maharashtra Assembly Elections were held across 288 constituencies where the state witnessed a voter turnout of close to 55 per cent whereas amongst the 36 constituencies in Mumbai, voter turnout of 59 per cent was recorded. Under which, close to 1.38 lakh voters opted for the None Of The Above (NOTA) option during the Assembly polls 2019.

The data was revealed during the vote counting on October 24 as the voters decided that none of the candidates were eligible for their vote. Mumbai witnessed a rise of 114 per cent in the number of votes NOTA received as compared to the 2014 Assembly Elections.

Here's a list of constituencies and the number of votes they received via NOTA:

  • Jogeshwari East: 12,031
  • Borivali: 10,095
  • Worli: 6,305
  • Mulund: 5,200

Meanwhile, the Shivadi, Dahisar, Magthane, Charkop, Goregaon, Andheri East, Vile Parle, and Kurla constituencies recorded close to 4,000 votes for NOTA.

Why NOTA?

Prior to the Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019, two major issues had grappled the City of Dreams; the PMC Bank Crisis and the Aarey Forest Issue. The sudden shut down of the Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank might have resulted in close to 90 lakh depositors losing their faith in the system.

While the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) might have assured the account-holders that their money was safe, there was no solid intervention from the people in power.

Coming to Aarey, approximately 2,700 trees were cut in the Aarey region to make way for the Metro 3 car-shed. The sudden attack on nature took nature lovers and environmentalists by a sense of anger and as a result, they protested over the silent murder of over 2,700 trees. It can be said that the attack on nature might have triggered the citizens to lose faith in the authorities.


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