Kendrapara, July 18 (LocalWire): The campaigning for the Patkura Assembly election ended today with the BJD, BJP and Congress candidates switching over to door-to-door canvassing to woo voters.
Patkura witnessed the chief minister and various senior leaders, Union ministers and MLAs participating in a series of political rallies across the Assembly segment.
On the last day, most candidates raced against time to reach out to as many voters as possible by going around the constituency.
The public addressing system stopped blaring and the tired party activists remained indoors after a fortnight-long hectic campaigning.
The politically-important Patkura Assembly seat is witnessing one of the most interesting political battles in the state.
It is a do-or-die situation for BJP candidate Bijay Mohapatra, the bête noire of Naveen Partnaik.
In 2000, Mohapatra was denied the BJD ticket at the last moment and once more Naveen Patnaik is hell-bent to prevent his entry into the state Assembly.
‘Elaborate arrangements have been made to conduct free and fair election for 2,4,4747 voters through 309 polling booths,’ S Verma, the district Collector said.
‘We have warned all political parties and their candidates and cadres of stringent action if they are found influencing the electorate through inducements, money, liquor or gifts.
Physically-challenged and visually-impaired voters will be given preference to cast their ballot first, as the voting process will begin at 7 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m,’ added the collector.
‘We have made arrangements to distribute voters slips with photographs to the electorate in the constituency to ensure maximum participation this time so as to improve the polling percentage,’ Verma said.