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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Patna’s mega-rangoli hopes to rally voters

The Patna district administration has claimed that the rangoli is the world’s biggest, covering an area of around 43,000 square metres inside Gandhi Maidan.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 14, 2019 15:50 IST
Aaron Joseph Raji
Aaron Joseph Raji
Hindustan Times, Patna
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The Patna district administration has created a massive rangoli at the Gandhi Maidan to create awareness among voters as the Patna Sahib and Patliputra Lok Sabha seats vote on May 19, the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)

To create awareness among the electorate of Patna Sahib and Patliputra constituencies, going to vote in the seventh phase on May 19, the Patna district administration has created a massive rangoli at the Gandhi Maidan here.

The district administration has claimed that the rangoli is the world’s biggest, covering an area of around 43,000 square metres inside Gandhi Maidan.

District magistrate-cum-returning officer Kumar Ravi said, “Through the rangoli, an attempt is being made to create awareness about voting rights and their importance among people of the state.”

Students of the College of Arts and Crafts, female artists, and anganwadi workers have been engaged to complete the rangoli. Before it was made, the DM said, “As the exercise will start in a day or two, entry to the Gandhi Maidan has been closed for the public till the completion of the rangoli. However, morning walkers will be allowed from 5am to 9am,” he said. Now, the rangoli is open to the public.

Cement, lime, rice, sand, and paint have been used to prepare the rangoli. The artwork had got reportedly delayed due to the change in weather conditions because of Cyclone Fani.

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Meanwhile, other voter awareness drives were undertaken at different places.

Anganwadi workers made a human chain in Punpun, Masaurhi, and Bikram blocks to create awareness among voters.

At Dhanarua, both a rangoli and a human chain were made by sevikas.

Danapur block officials and the CDPO jointly took out a rally in the railway station area, as a part of an awareness drive.

At Fatuha, anganwadi workers interacted with farmers and requested them to vote on May 19. Students also took out a cycle rally there.

A district administration official said that a toll-free voter helpline number 1950, which would function for 24 hours, had been set up, through which the voters could get answers to their election-related queries.

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First Published: May 14, 2019 15:50 IST

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