Kendrapara, July 20 (LocalWire): The polling for the Patkura Assembly in Kendrapara district concluded peacefully, barring stray incidents of violence with reports of over 71% voter turnout in the constituency barring some of the booths.
According to reports, supporters of both BJP and BJD clashed with each other at Karalipatrana, Kuseapala, Padmapur, Indalo, Teheda, Bilabalarampur and other villages.
In Kuseapala village some BJD supporters were found forcing voters to cast votes in favour of their candidate leading to tension between the two groups.
Security forces rushed to the booth to check the law and order situation.
BJP candidate Bijay Mohapatra cast his vote at Talakusam village.
After casting the vote Mohapatra said that he was confident that the voters of Patkura will elect him in this election.
“Chief minister Naveen Partnaik along with more than 100 BJD MLAs and many ministers campaigned against me, but the voters are determined to teach BJD a lesson in this poll,” he said.
The BJD candidate Sabitri Agrawalla too exuded confidence about her victory, counting on her husband’s legacy and popularity to get elected to the state assembly.
“My husband had developed a bond with his constituency for more than 40 years.
He did many developmental works and I would like to continue the legacy of my husband.
I am sure the people of Patkura will vote for me,” she said.
When contacted, Kendrapara superintendent of police Niti Sekhar said that over 65 percent of voters have cast their votes in Patkura.
“The polling has ended peacefully,” he stated.