Mangalore. May 18, 2014: It should be a matter of interest needing analysis, that NOTA has surprisingly bagged fifth place in both DK and Udupi district, though a comparatively small number have opted for it. The NOTA figures are more than votes obtained by the many candidates who have lost their deposits.
NOTA votes polled in DK: - 1048, in Sullia constituency; 1040,votes in Belthangady: 910, in Puttur; 888,Bantwal; 882, Moodbidri; 845,Mangalore South; 836,Mangalore North; 658, Mangalore.
Is it the Yettinahole Fall out?
Sahyadri Samrakshana Sanchaya had a campaign and appealed to citizens of Dakshina Kannda to use NOTA vote to oppose the Yettinahole project, to divert water from the tributaries of Nethravati. The Sanchaya has accused both the Congress and the BJP of neglecting Yetthinahole issues.
Veerappa Moily and DV Sadananda Gowda were all in favour of the project, however, candidates from the Dakshina Kannada constituency B Janardhan Poojary and Nalin Kumar Kateel opposed the project strongly. The Sanchaya distributed printed requests requesting DK voters to use NOTA to highlight there opposition.