Team Anna’s “shun Congress” message and the presence of two political heavyweights saw a voter turnout of 68.9% out of the 13.32 lakh voters in the keenly watched Hisar Lok Sabha bypoll on Thursday.
It’s not unusual for polling percentage to drop by 10% to 15% in bypolls given the usual voter disinterest. In the Lok Sabha election in 2009, Hisar had polled 69.3%. In normal circumstances, this could have easily slumped to around 55%.
If the exit poll results are indeed an approximation of the public sentiment in Hisar, then Congress may well turn out to be the biggest loser along with SP'>BSP which had polled 11% in 2009. This time, according to the exit poll, the SP'>BSP under ‘Others’ category has polled 3.4%.