The saffron party switched on the ‘panic button’ especially after the voters did not turn out in large numbers in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh. The BJP is worried over the fact that the latest development should not send the workers, who are pretty excited over the survey results as of now, back to the depressing situation witnessed in 2004.

Though the elections in five phases have been already conducted, polling is yet to be held in around 60 percent of the total 543 seats. The BJP leaders are concerned as most of these seats are in the key states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Though, the overall poll percentage was quite satisfactory compared to the last Lok Sabha elections, the fact that Uttar Pradesh has registered only 62 percent voting is giving the saffron party sleepless nights.

It needs to be mentioned here that the voting percentage was more than 65 in the first phase in Uttar Pradesh. However, it did not even cross 60 in Bihar and was also way below expectations in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh.

According to BJP sources, the party is trying to attain a minimum of 65 percent turnout in every state and it is mainly due to this very reason that bigwigs like Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh are in their rallies appealing to the people to cast their votes in large numbers.

During the post-debacle review in 2004, it was found that several candidates, who were confident of winning, did not make any active effort.

Taking a cue from the past mistakes, the party would be conscious to guard against complacency this time around.


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