Voters defy naxals in Gadchiroli district

Nagpur: The voters in naxal-infested and tribal-dominated Gadchiroli district in eastern Maharashtra have defied naxals's call not to vote and turned out in large numbers to exercise their right, government officials said.

Huge voter turnouts were recorded on the polling day on October 13, they added. The overall percentage in Gadchiroli district, comprising three Assembly constituencies, was 67.23 per cent including 70.35 per cent of male voters which was much better than Nagpur.

The district headquaters itself recorded 65.8 per cent (67.68 male, 62.35 female) while Armouri recorded a highest of 70.42 per cent (73.43 male, 67.26 female) and Aheri registered 66.42 per cent polling (62.50 male, 65.8 female).

A total of 4,26,453 voters including 1,98,962 women had exercised their franchise out of 6,34,344 voters (3,10,967 women) in the district during the polls. Twenty-two polling booths where repolling was conducted, also witnessed record turnout.

Bhagwanpur recorded 82.0 per cent followed by Mohgaon 86.72, Singha 85.79, Guji 79.25, Satputi 73.46, Jamnara 73.40, Vikaspalli 71.87, Chandra 73.43 and Mandra 84 per cent are some of the booths which saw huge voter turnout, sources said.

Anandrao Gedam of Congress (Armouri), Namdeo Usendi of NCP (Gadchiroli) and Deepak Mallaji Atram, an independent (Aheri) were elected during counting of votes yesterday.

Bureau Report