Priyanka Gandhi shocked by low voter turnout in AmethiApril 24th, 2009 - 8:05 pm ICT by IANS
Rae Bareli, April 24 (IANS) Priyanka Gandhi Friday said she was shocked by the low voter turn out in Amethi, her brother Rahul Gandhi’s constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
“I lost my sleep after seeing such a low turn out,” Priyanka said at a public meeting in Rae Bareli, from where her mother and Congress president Sonia is contesting the Lok Sabha elections.
According to Election Commission statistics, Amethi recorded around 40 percent voter turnout in the second phase of elections - only one percent above the lowest turnout of 39 percent reported from Kaushambi in Uttar Pradesh.
However, the Congress’ state unit Friday claimed that the percentage was much higher.
“According to the final report of the Election Commission, 45.23 percent of voters cast their vote in Amethi,” claimed party spokesperson Akhilesh Pratap Singh.
Priyanka also urged the people of Rae Bareli to come out and vote in huge numbers when the constituency goes to the polls April 30.
“I am not seeking votes for my mother. Casting your vote is your responsibility towards the nation,” she said.
“You should come out with the same spirit to vote as you have come here in large numbers in this scorching heat to hear me,” Priyanka added.
Priyanka, who has been in Rae Bareli to campaign for her mother for the past couple of days, addressed over a dozen public meetings during the day.
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