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Some Malekudiya voters refuse to vote at Kutlur

Korappolu coming out of a polling station at Kutlur in Belthangady taluk on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: Raviprasad Kamila

Some voters, from the Malekudiya tribe, who shifted out of the Kudremukh National Park (KNP) and were rehabilitated in Madanthyar area in Belthangady taluk, under the rehabilitation package of the government, did not turn up for voting at the polling stations in Kutlur, near Venoor in Belthangady taluk, till 4 p.m. on Thursday.

The booth-level officers at the two booths in Kutlur, classified as hyper-sensitive as they came under Maoist-infested areas, said that about eight such families from the KNP have been settled at Madanthyar, about 30 km away from the polling stations.

Though shifted, they had voting rights in Kutlur. “Chances of them turning up to vote within 6 p.m. are remote,” said an official, adding that five voters from two families settled at Madanthyar had turned up at Kutlur till noon.

A gram panchayat member in Kutlur said that of about 150 voters, who are Malekudiya tribals, in Alamba, Panjalu and Nellitadkka areas inside the KNP only 55 had turned up to vote.

It appeared that others did not turn up because their demand for road connectivity and electricity supply have not been met.

A booth-level officer said that the booths had recorded about 81% polling in the last Assembly election. But this time it might touch 70%.


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