Bhopal: As voters of 23 polling stations had boycotted polls in 2013, the office of chief electoral officer is trying hard to motivate the voters to participate in the polling. The highest numbers of polling stations, which boycotted polls in 2013, are situated in Datia district and in Bhander constituency. Five polling stations are present in the constituency in which voters had boycotted the election.
The constituency is represented by BJP’s Ghyanshyam Pironia. Earlier, Asha Ram Ahirwar had represented the constituency in the 2008. Three polling stations of Kurwai constituency of Vidisha district also face similar situation. Kurwai seat is represented by BJP MLA Veer Singh Panwar and in the election of 2008, the seat was won by BJP’s Hari Singh Sapre.
Similarly, three polling stations of Sarangpur constituency of Rajgarh district had also face same situation. The constituency is represented by Kunwarji Kothar from the BJP and in the election of 2008, the assembly was represented by BJP MLA Gautam Tejwal.
In Mangawa constituency of Rewa district, two polling stations were identified where the polling was not done. The constituency was represented by BJP’s Panna Bai Prajapati in 2008 and in 2013, the BSP candidate Sheela Devi won the elections.
Two polling stations of Sidhi district of Dhouhani constituency too witnessed no polling. The assembly is represented by BJP MLA Kunwar Singh. The Susner constituency of Agar-Malwa, two polling stations are present in which voters had boycotted the elections. The constituency is represented by BJP’s Santosh Joshi in 2008, in 2013 the seat was represented by BJP MLA Murlidhar Patidar.
In Pipariya constituency, the voters had also boycotted the elections in two polling stations. For the last two elections the constituency is represented by the BJP. In 2008 Thakur Das became MLA and currently, Thakur Das Nagwanshi represents the seat.
The boycott is directly related to lack of development work in the polling stations area. Most of polling stations fall under the BJP MLAs and for last three elections the BJP is in power. CEO VL Kantha Rao said that they were motivating voters to participate in the polling.
“In this election, we set up target to achieve more than 80 percent polling as some pockets where the trend of less polling or boycott was identified. Our teams are contacting them to participate in the polling”, he added.
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