Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Himachal’s remotest booth Bara-Bhangal records 100% turnout
Located deep in Himalayas at the height of 2,575 metre, Bara-Bhangal village falls in Baijanth subdivision of Kangra district.Updated: May 21, 2019 13:08 IST
The Bara-Bhangal polling booth, one of the remotest areas in Himachal Pradesh, recorded 100% voter turnout in the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections on Sunday.
Located deep in Himalayas at the height of 2,575 metre, Bara-Bhangal village falls in Baijanth subdivision of Kangra district.
The Election Commission had set up an auxiliary booth for the voters in the snowbound village.
Baijnath assistant returning officer Rameshwar Das said all 126 voters, 60 women, who were present in the village exercised their franchise, thus leading to hundred percent turnout.
An 18-member polling party trekked 40 kilometre for three days to reach the remote interior after helicopter could not fly due to bad weather.
The polling party travelled by road up to Nayagran in Holi area of Chamba district and started the trek on May 16. They reached the village a day before the polling.
A polling booth was first set up in the village during 2007 assembly elections.
Electors in Bada-Bhangal boycotted the general elections in 2009 due to non-fulfilment of their demand to exclude the village from the sanctuary area. They exercised their vote in the 2012 assembly elections.
Helicopters were used to airlift polling parties to the Bara-Bhangal polling booth during the previous elections.
The Bara-Bhangal village is located on the banks of Ravi in the interiors of Himalayas.
First Published: May 21, 2019 10:59 IST