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Odisha: These Bolangir Villagers Boycott Elections Due To Long Distance To Booth


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18 April 2019

OMMCOM NEWS


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Bolangir: Unable to beat the heat, villagers of Babja and Jankaria boycott polling in Loisinga area here as the booths were situated far away from their villages. Despite being a part and parcel of democracy and voting being their constitutional right, these aggrieved villagers of Bolangir boycotted voting.

A villager Belmati Saha said, “The booth is 8 kilometers away. We cannot walk that far along with small children. On top of that, walking through the remote villages under scorching sun is very difficult.”

Another elderly man explained that the way to polling booth via Ratakandi village is more than 8 kilometers. “We want a booth in our village,” he demanded.

In Nayagarh's Daspalla area, Dakadol and Dhipamal villagers also boycott polls in demand of roads and bridges in the area.

While every vote makes up for the democratic fabric of India, these precious votes of Bolangir villagers going to waste has raised concerns across the State.

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Belmati Saha, Villager

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Villager