This was the case in Katpadi, Neyveli, Thenkasi, Modakkurichi, and Krishnagiri. Similarly, NOTA trumped at least four smaller parties.
In the 2016 polls, 1,07,239 voters rejected the listed candidates, pressing the NOTA button on the EVM (electronic voting machine).
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With Maharashtra voting the BJP-Shiv Sena combine to power again in the 2019 assembly elections, another big gainer has emerged in the city of Mumbai — NOTA.
While winner Dhiraj Deshmukh got 134615 votes or 67.63 per cent of the total votes polled, 27449 voters opted for the ‘None of The Above’ (NOTA) option.
Saleh Mohammad of Congress in Pokhran defeated his rival Mahant Pratap Puri by 872 votes. NOTA got 1,121 votes.
According to the Election Commission's website at 5.45 pm on Tuesday, the NOTA votes ranged as high as 2.1 per cent in Chhattisgarh to 0.5 per cent in Mizoram.
Pratap Gowda Patil of the Congress beat BJP's Basanagouda Turvihal by a thin margin of 213 votes.
As many as 3.22 lakh voters selected the None Of The Above option in the state in the recent assembly polls.
The NOTA option turned out to be a popular one among youngsters in all the 26 constituencies in the city where polling was held on Saturday.
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Had it not been for NOTA, the Congress in all likelihood would have won with a majority to form the government, say analysts.
In case of Gujarat, the NOTA vote share was higher than that of any party other than the Congress and the BJP.