Surprising! NOTA beats Raj's MNS without any campaigning

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Mumbai, Oct 20:The NOTA button which was introduced by Election Commission in 2009 has made its presence felt in the Maharashtra polls. The NOTA got nearly half a million votes -4,83,459 votes in the recently concluded electons for which counting took place on Sunday (October 19).

Surprisingly, the NOTA secured more votes than the nine organised political parties in the State. According to reports, these parties are the Bahujan Vikas Aaghadi, the Rashtriya Samaj Paksha, the Samajwadi Party, the Republican Party of India (Athawale) (a BJP ally), the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, and the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

In the Gadchiroli district of the State which is infected by Maoist activities, Nota came at 3rd position. In the constituency, the BJP candidate who won the seat secured 70,185 votes, the runner-up from the Nationalist Congress Party got 18,280 votes and the NOTA came up with 17,510.

With an almost similar number of votes, the new entrant, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) got 2 seats; with just two-thirds of Nota votes, the Bahujan Vikas Aaghadi got three seats; the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh and the Rashtriya Samaj Paksha got a seat each with less votes that Nota got, says a Firstpost report.

In Haryana, NOTA only secured 0.4 percent votes, that means nealy 53,613 voters, pressed the button.

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