Berhampur: April 13 (Localwire): People of Gangabada panchayat in Gajapati district had boycotted the 2014 general elections, this time though, they have decided to vote.
They had boycotted the last elections for non-fulfillment of their demands by political parties. Gangabada was one of the worst affected regions in cyclone Titli that hit in October last year.
The panchayat is part of the reserved Mohana (ST) seat under Berhampur Lok Sabha constituency. Of some 1,500 voters under the panchayat, around 1,200 have exercised their franchise last Thursday.
“Although all our demands are not met yet, we have decided to vote this time because of the government’s rehabilitation work after the cyclone Titli,” said Haribandhu Karjee, a sarapanch.
Roads and houses were built, power lines were restored and alternate lands to 76 families were provided following a tour of the region by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the aftermath of Titli.
Patnaik had also issued land pattas for construction of houses under Biju Pucca Ghara Yojana (BPGY). Although the construction is yet to start at the site, Karjee said.