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Alleging delay in construction of bridge :Hundreds Boycott Polls In Mayurbhanj

Mayurbhanj:30/4/19: Despite widespread awareness to cast vote, as many as 450 voters of three villages in Mayurbhanj district refrained from exercising their adult franchise during the fourth phase of general elections in Odisha on Monday alleging delay in construction of bridge in their area.

Hundreds of residents of Balama, Talabalama and Madakami villages in Kundabai panchayat under Udala Assembly constituency have been demanding the construction of a bridge on nearby Deo River but they have alleged that their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

The protesting villagers boycotted the general polls which were being conducted in their panchayat yesterday.

Asked about the incident, Sita Mahali, a local resident said, “We are having a harrowing time dealing with our daily communication needs while crossing the river. Be it carrying a pregnant woman or patient across the river, or even helping out school children through the stream, it has become quite difficult for us due to absence of a bridge. The condition becomes worse during rains when we are cut off from the world.”

No comments could be obtained from local administrative officials over the issue.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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