In Rajasthan the option of NOTA (None Of The Above) was introduced i for the first time in 2013. A total of 3.02 crore votes were polled in that election, of which NOTA constituted 1.93 per cent of the total vote share. A total of 58 parties contested in the elections and only four parties mustered votes higher than the votes polled for NOTA.
Sarv Samaj Sangharsh Samiti is an association floated by a few upper caste men from the state of Rajasthan. This all started off with the amendments made to the SC/ST act. Irked by the amendments the youth formed this body now called as Sarv Samaj Sangharsh Samiti.
Anil Chaturvedi, national convener of the organisation an advocate by profession said, we are not against the system of elections but have found no right candidate to vote for and this disgust in us led to formulate this organisation. SSSS goes on campaigns and explains their view point to the people. The association said, which ever political party it may be, whether BJP or Congress or an independent, we are asking people to cast their vote for NOTA.
The organisation has also started an ‘NOTA promotion office’ in the neighborhood of Jagatpura in Jaipur. “We will open 200 NOTA offices, one each in every constituency of Rajasthan within a week, to educate people about NOTA.” added Anil Chaturvedi.
In the last election Bharatiya Janata Party (46 per cent), Congress (33.7 per cent), National People's Party (4.3 per cent) and Bahujan Samaj Party (3.4 per cent) votes were polled. Parties like the Communist Party of India, Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (United), Janata Dal (Secular) and Nationalist Congress Party - which are national parties, bagged less votes than NOTA (5,89,923). Although the NOTA votes could not impact the final outcome of the elections, the disgust among the people against leaders was the clear reason behind them for casting NOTA.
However, this time in Rajasthan the ballot war is between BJP led incumbent Vasundhara Raje Scindia and the opposition Congress. BJP government is facing a major anti incumbency issues. Congress on the hand is leaving no stone unturned with party president Rahul Gandhi and Sachin Pilot sweating it hard to secure a win in the desert state.
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