Most Muslim-dominated Constituencies in Delhi Record High Voter Turnouts, Highest in Seelampur
A security personnel stands guard as voters stand in a queue to cast vote during the Delhi Assembly elections at a polling station, in Jafrabad area of Delhi, Saturday, February 8, 2020. (Image: PTI)
New Delhi: Amid a lukewarm response from voters on polling day, most of the assembly constituencies with a significant Muslim population in Delhi recorded a voter turnout higher than the overall turnout in the capital with Seelampur witnessing the highest voter footfall across all 70 constituencies.
According to the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) voter turnout app, the total turnout in Delhi was recorded at 61.7 per cent till midnight, a decline of nearly six percentage points over the 2015 polls when a 67.12 per cent of the voters came out to vote.
However, turnout in Seelampur at the same time was recorded to be 71.4 per cent, as per the ECI data. Similarly, voter turnout in Mustafabad, Babarpur, and Seema Puri was recorded at 70.55 per cent, 65.4 per cent, and 68.08 per cent, respectively.
The turnout data on the app is tentative and the final figures may increase marginally.
Voter turnout in Shahdara was 65.78 per cent whereas it was 68.36 per cent in Matia Mahal.
The constituencies with substantial Muslim population which registered a turnout less than the overall turnout were Chandni Chowk was recorded at 60.91 per cent, Rithala at 59.62 per cent, Ballimaran at 58.28 per cent, and Okhla at 58.83 per cent.
Shaheeen Bagh, which has been the epicentre of anti-CAA protests for nearly two months now, falls in the Okhla constituency and is currently represented by Aam Aadmi Party’s Amanatullah Khan.
Following the overall trend, these assembly segments too, have witnessed a decline in voter turnouts compared to 2015 assembly elections, which ranged from 60 to 73 per cent.
Moreover, all these seats except Mustafabad were secured by the AAP in 2015. Bharatiya Janata Party’s Jagadish Pradhan had won the Mustafabad seat in 2015.