A Sahariya tribal dominated assembly constituency in Jhalawar parliamentary constituency has taken the lead in polling percentage in the current Lok Sabha polls in Hadauti region.
Voters stand in a queue at a polling booth in Hadauti during the recently concluded LS polls. (HT File)
Kishanganj assembly constituency of Baran district, which falls in the Jhalawar-Baran parliamentary constituency of Hadauti region, has witnessed 70.70% polling on April 17. Kishanganj is one of the eight assembly constituencies of Jhalawar-Baran and among the 16 assembly constituency of Hadauti region, which comprises Kota-Bundi and Jhalawar-Baran parliamentary constituencies.
Although the Anta assembly constituency and Jhalarapatan assembly constituency of Jhalawar-Baran are just marginally behind Kishanganj in terms of polling, this feat is significant as the constituency is dominated by the backward Sahariya tribe. Anta assembly constituency and Jhalarapatan assembly constituency have registered 70.30% and 70.09% polling respectively.
The feat of Kishanganj is even more significant as none of the assembly constituency of the neighbouring parliamentary constituency of Kota-Bundi touched even the 70% polling mark. The highest polling of Kota-Bundi parliamentary constituency was registered in Kota South assembly constituency at around 69.71%, while the overall polling was registered at 65.96% in Kota and around 68.66% in Jhalawar parliamentary constituency.
District election officer of Baran Lalit Gupta said that although the Systematic Voters Education and Electorate Participation (SVEEP) programme, like other areas, was conducted here, no specific voter awareness programmes for Kishanganj were carried out. However, he said that it was exceptional for a tribal area to register the highest polling in the Jhalawar-Baran parliamentary constituency.
He said the high polling percentage in Kishangang was due to the integrated efforts of election department and the increased awareness of the tribal voters.
In Kishanganj, 70,970 men and 59,206 women exercised their franchise in the recently held LS polls.