The Madhya Pradesh elections have witnessed a high voter turnout. This is a good news for the democracy as well as the Bhartiya Janata Party. Experts have reiterated something that bought relief to BJP high command that is high voter turnout benefits BJP. It has been a long established trend especially in Madhya Pradesh that high voter turnout benefits BJP s whenever and wherever there was a higher turnout of voters, it culminated in a win of the Bhartiya Janata Party.
The election commission of the state took part in a press conference after the polling had concluded and it said that the state had witnessed a seventy-four per cent voter turnout. As far as the legislative Assembly elections go, this is a record turnout that has never been achieved earlier. The fact that a high voter turnout benefits BJP combined by this announcement ushered in a wave of happiness amongst the party workers.
In general, however, high voter turnouts are seen as a sign of anti-incumbency. The Shivraj government has changed these existing dynamics by establishing the trend wherein a high voter turnout benefits BJP. If experts are to believed then, “In the state assembly elections of 1998, the voting percentage was 60.5% and Congress was voted in power. With an increase of 7% in 2003, it reached 67.25% and the Bharatiya Janata Party was brought into power and since then the BJP has continuously been winning in the state.”
Another reason why the Bhartiya Janata Party seems sure of its win is that of the fact that women voters play a significant role in the Madhya Pradesh elections. The rise in a number of women voters combined with the fact that the Shivraj led BJP government has been a champion of schemes that benefit women is surely something works in their favour.
After the counting of votes is complete, one party will have one. However, the high voter turnout has ensured that for now at least, democracy has won.