Solang village boycotts byelection; 47% polling recorded in Manali

  • Chhavinder Thakur, Hindustan Times, Manali
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  • Updated: Jun 23, 2013 20:10 IST

Protesting against the lack of link road and a bridge to Solang village, residents of the village boycotted the Mandi byelection held here on Sunday.

According to Sunder Singh Thakur, former pradhan of the Palchan village panchayat, the villagers convened a meeting on Saturday evening, wherein they unanimously resolved to abstain from exercising their right to franchise.

According to official sources, there was a total 265 voters at Solang village and all of them boycotted the poll.

Viney Dhiman, assistant returning officer and the local SDM, said only four members of the polling party deputed at the Solang polling booth exercised their right to franchise.

Dhiman claimed free and fair poll throughout Manali constituency denying any sort of rigging and booth capturing. No untoward incident was reported during polling from any part of Manali.

Only 280 out of 1,047 voters turned up to cast their votes at the Ruwar polling booth falling under the Palchan village panchayat.

Besides, at Jagatsukh polling booth, 52% voters turned up to cast their votes. At remote and high altitude Kanyal polling booth, former minister Thakur Kunj Lal, 88, exercised his right to franchise. In five polling booths in Manali town, 1,555 out of 3,303 voters turned up to cast their votes, as such  47% polling was recorded at Manali.


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