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‘Poos’ keeps tribals away from polling

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Tribals earmark this holy month to go on pilgrimage to temples

A caravan of tribal people from Gudihatnoor mandal returning from Jangubai temple in Adilabad district on Thursday.– Photo: S. Harpal Singh
A caravan of tribal people from Gudihatnoor mandal returning from Jangubai temple in Adilabad district on Thursday.– Photo: S. Harpal Singh

Tribal voters in the agency and non-agency areas of Adilabad district seemed to have stayed away from the polling in the first phase of cooperative elections on Thursday which resulted in a lower-than-expected percentage of voting. The voting percentage in such areas, which ranged between 60 and 70 per cent, was about 10 to 20 per cent lower than expected by the political parties.

The trend of comparatively lower voting percentage has been expected in the second phase of voting as well on February 4 as the month of ‘Poos’ in the tribal calendar would not have ended by then. This month has been earmarked by the tribal people to go on pilgrimages to temples. It was evident that voters from the groups which were journeying during the election period would stay away from it. Meanwhile, the mainline parties- Congress, Telugu Desam and Telangana Rashtra Samithi- seem to have equally shared the fortunes in the 91 Territorial Constituencies where polling was held on Thursday.

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