Araku Lok Sabha: Rain fails to dampen voters’ spirit, tribal continue to lead with tradition of voting | India News

Araku Lok Sabha: Rain fails to dampen voters’ spirit, tribal continue to lead with tradition of voting | India News


Despite heavy rains on polling day (Monday- May 13), brisk voting (73.68 per cent) took place in Araku (ST) Lok Sabha constituency in Andhra Pradesh. The tribal voter proved their commitment towards stronger democracy and awareness of the election process for decades. In 2019, the polling percentage in Araku Lok Sabha was 74.03 per cent.
Spread over two districts, ASR and Parvathipuram Manyam (spread over more than 400 kms), the Araku Lok Sabha segment hosts around 15.54 lakh voters and seven assemble segments including Araku Valley, Paderu and Rampachodavaram in ASR district and Parvathipuram, Saluru, Kurupam and Palakonda in Manyam district.
A voter turnout of 75 .01 per cent was recorded at Rampachodavaram assembly segment while it was 71.12 per cent in Araku Valley assembly segment, 63.91 per cent in Paderu assembly segment, 75.26 per cent in Palakonda segment, 78.54 per cent in Kurupam, 78.23 per cent in Parvathipuram and 76.45 per cent in Saluru
Despite major campaigns and attempts to boost voting in cities and urban areas, the turnout has always remained a low compared to tribal areas. The trend has continued in the 2024 elections too.
“The rain that has lashed from 2 pm to 5 pm in parts of the Araku Lok Sabha could not dampen the spirit of the voters, mostly youngsters, who were on the queue lines despite the showers”, said Ch Suresh Kumar, a native of Paderu in ASR district. If the rain had not lashed, the voter turnout could be more as some of the voters failed to reach the polling booths due to wet road conditions, he added.
Enthusiastic tribal people reached polling booths trekking steeply hilly paths, crossing the water bodies and even travelled in unfit vehicles by risking their lives to cast their votes in Araku Lok Sabha on Monday. Though at least 30 percent of tribals had no idea of their MLA and MP candidates, they overcome barriers and casted their votes, said K Govinda Rao, a CPM leader. If the government improves the road connectivity to the tribal pockets, the polling percentage will cross more than 80 per cent, he added.
Though it was raining cats and dogs by 3 pm on Monday voters took the pain and flock to the booths. Interestingly, the majority of the tribal people have not depended on the vehicles arranged by the political parties to reach the booths, said Ch Anil, a resident of Pedabayalu under Araku Lok Sabha.


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