India's economic capital, Mumbai, saw an abysmal 45% turnout, even lower than that in 2004. This in spite of 26/11 and the so-called 'middle class awakening.' It just goes to show that the educated elite like to crib without doing anything about it, they do not care to look into the finer details of various candidates and their parties. What happens to Mumbai hence will be of its own doing.
Meanwhile, polling was much better than in 2004 in Kashmir, although the disguised-secessionists, theMuftis, chose not to vote. Around the country, VIP candidates, including Sonia Gandhi and LK Advani, voted. Bollywood stars also made their presence felt.
Phase 3 included all of the BJP's fortress - Gujarat - and Chief Minister Narendra Modi exuded confidence of a sweeping victory. In West Bengal, the Left faced its toughest electoral battle in decades, while the BJP looked to open its account in the state by winning Darjeeling.
Lastly, Sikkim held simultaneous Assembly and Parliamentary elections. The ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) looks to further its hold with a new generation of candidates. Indeed, the party's ability to keep its members together in spite of mass-denial of tickets is something other parties can only wish for. The main opposition, the Congress, looks too weak stop a powerful SDF, while the BJP's position in the state is very small. Sikkim is also in the news for a unique constituency, comprising of 3,058 Buddhist monks in a monastery. The constituency has no well-marked borders and the candidates are all from the 'Sangh', but the SDF is sure to win this one too. In fact, the only real challenge for the opposition is to retain its lone Assembly seat. Who knows, Sikkim could be the only one-party legislature in the country!