Summer heat keeps people indoors till noon; brisk voting thereafter

Bangarpet by-elections:

Kolar Deputy Commissioner and Election Officer Manoj Kumar Meena instructs BJP candidate  M Narayanaswamy about following the poll code. dh photos

Voters in the constituency came out in large numbers to cast their votes in the by-poll on
Saturday.

Though the rough estimate of the poll percentage was 80.05 percent overall, the figure was below 30 percent till afternoon. One obvious reason for people to stay indoors in morning was the hot weather and they waited for the temperature to come down a bit before they could venture out.

Workers of the different political parties had to sweat it out to bring the voters to the polling booths. Till the afternoon, party workers and policemen seemed to outnumber voters at the polling stations. Women arriving at many polling stations, along with their children, attracted attention.

In the morning, polling was brisk in the rural areas of the constituency like Kasaba, Hutturu, Kamasamudra and Boodikote hoblis. However, voters in urban areas preferred to stay indoors and wait for the temperature to fall to bearable levels.

With heavy police security being in place at all the polling stations, no untoward incidents were reported in the  constituency. Meanwhile, at Kadirenatta village of Kamasamudra hobli of the constituency, people had boycotted polling for some time alleging that their village was lacking in basic infrastructure.

Later, Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar Meena, who is also the district election officer, convinced the people to take part in the polling.

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