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The increase in voting percentage - a success for Democracy
Though, everybody was eager to watch the exit-poll verdict on Television, but I was more interested to know about the final voting percentage. Election, as I feel is a celebration to be enjoyed as a spirit of democracy. I was really interested to know about the voters' turn out percentage. The voter turnout in MP was close to 72 per cent, in Rajasthan close to 75 per cent, Chhattisgarh's turn out - around 75 per cent, Mizoram - 81 per cent and Delhi's turn out reported as 67 per cent.

This is really unprecedented as there is approximately 10% increase in voter turnout. I would have definitely talked about the exit poll verdicts, had I believed in speculations however accurate the theory/model is. I never believe in speculation and have enough patience to wait till the real counting to form an opinion.

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However, the turnout for voting is very inspiring. Some say the turnout is a record for each state. We always know that there existed a sizable ignorant class, which was never interested in voting, though excuses vary. 2013 at last proves that there is substantial decrease in ignorant class.

It's always said that high voter turnout occurs in two cases. Firstly, if the anti-incumbency emotion is very strong, second if the local/state/national individual leadership is highly endorsable (like a wave). However I don't find both the case is valid according to above two propositions.

Had Modi gained a wave, there shouldn't be doubt on Chhattisgarh and Delhi verdict on exit poll. Similarly, if anti-incumbency is an issue, Congress should be wiped off Delhi totally and BJP should have been harmed substantially in MP and Chhattisgarh. However, endorsement to individual leadership might help BJP in MP and Chhattisgarh.

As I said earlier, it doesn't matter what exit polls say or any poll says. For me it's a great event that the voter turnout is maximum this time. I just can break the theories on maximum turn out on saying that nowadays voters understand the value of their franchise of democracy, aware of their responsibility and asserting their right. This is really, good news.

Parties will lose or win, but exercising Constitutional obligation in record participation is always a time for celebration in a democracy. Let’s enjoy the spirit of democracy, forgetting the debate who should win and who shouldn't.

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