Women might decide West Delhi's fate in 2019
New Delhi: This Lok Sabha polls, the fate of West Delhi parliamentary constituency might just be decided by women. While the polling stations were ready for the first voters since 7 am, the people of West Delhi took it easy on Sunday and crowds did not reach peak levels until the afternoon. Speaking to the Millennium Post, Presiding Officers in areas like Tilak Nagar, Hari Nagar, and Vikaspuri said that they were not surprised by this trend.
"It was slow in the morning, but as the day went on the pace has picked up," a presiding officer in Khyala said.
In the early hours of the day, men outnumbered women at polling stations. In Rajouri Garden, some polling stations recorded as high as 58 percent of the polled votes coming from men. This trend went on until about 1 pm in most polling stations across the constituency.
However, in a noticeable shift, the next hour saw women closing the gap by turning out in large numbers to cast their vote. In areas like Khyala, women were quick to come together. Volunteers and police personnel posted at the stations also said that the shift seemed noticeable after the noon-mark, with more women showing up.
By 2 pm, polling stations in West Delhi started recording a higher number of women voters compared to men. In Tilak Nagar, women came out on top, with some stations seeing up to 52 percent of the votes polled being cast by women. Polling booths in Janakpuri and Vikaspuri also followed this trend in the second half.