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In 'well-off' Katra, voters chat over tea and snacks

india Updated: Dec 03, 2014 00:20 IST
Vikram Sharma
Vikram Sharma
Hindustan Times

The holy town of Katra wore a festive look on Tuesday for the polls as people dressed in their latest outfits came out to vote. Six polling booths in the city are model polling stations, but people here have no major election agendas.

The booming economy of the holy town has groomed the living standards of the people and the area is not faced with problems like in the peripheral villages and towns of Reasi constituency. The recent launching of the train to Katra has further added to the economy and employment of the people manifold.

Nearly 1.6 crore pilgrims come to Katra to pay obeisance at the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine each year.

"We have everything here. The only problems we face are smaller ones like a little erratic electricity, dilapidated roads. But it is better-off than most other towns," said a voter.

At the Tourist Reception Centre, Katra, the nerve centre of the town, people after casting their vote were seen engaging in discussions over tea.

Being a model polling station, an amount of Rs 9000 is allotted to every block level officer for providing free water, tea and snacks to voters.

"For six high profile centres we have received Rs 54,000 and distributed equally," said election officer at the TRC.

In the constituency, Ajay Nanda of BJP, Jugal Kishore of Congress and Baldev Raj, who is fighting as an Independent, are locked in a triangular contest. But with no major issues to fight for, people will perhaps vote based on other loyalties.