Odisha Villagers Boycott Polls Over Several Demands

Kalahandi/Boudh: Many voters have boycotted the panchayat elections in Odisha over various demands. While polling personnel were prevented from visiting a booth in Kalahandi district, voters also staged dharna in front of a booth in Boudh district.

Around 556 voters of Upardunda and Taladunda under Dundelmal gram panchayat in Junagarh block of Kalahandi district have boycotted the elections in protest against water scarcity and lack of proper roads.

The villagers are not allowing the polling officials to visit the booth. They alleged that during the last general election, the leaders promised roads and drinking water to the village. However, no action has been taken till date.

Similarly, villagers at Bhaliapadar under Manamunda block of Boudh district are staging dharna in front of a booth demanding school. Around 372 voters have boycotted the polls.