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BOYCOTT EFFECT ON WESTERN MAHARASTRA?S VOTING
AMOL DEWALE | 28 Apr 2009

Hatkanangale and Kolhapur in South-West Maharashtra witnessed a decent turnout at the polling stations on Thursday but Sangali and Satara in the same region saw a much lower voting percentage

WHILE KOLHAPUR registered around 56 per cent of voting, Hatankanangle registered 60 per cent.   Kolhapur District Collector  Laxmikant Deshmukh told Meri News that the polling was by and large peaceful in both the districts of Maharashtra.

Hatkanangale and Kolhapur in South-West Maharashtra witnessed a decent turnout at the polling stations on Thursday but Sangali and Satara in the same region saw a much lower voting percentage.

However, some tension prevailed in the Sadar Bazar area of Kolhapur when supporters of an Independent candidate Sadashivarao Mandlik clashed with some members of the NCP following a heated argument. The police had to resort to a lathi-charge to bring the situation under control.


Satara Collector Vikas Deshmukh said that  according to rough estimates, the voting percentage in the constituency would be around 45-50 per cent. “A negative voting provision was exercised  at the 17 polling centres in Sangli City,” said District Collector Shyam Vardhane. It may be noted that a negative vote, where voters do not favour any candidate, can be cast on signing a form kept with a polling officer.


Meanwhile, some villages in Tasgaon  Taluka, which had threatened to boycott the polls, withdrew their decision after the intervention of  National Congress Party State unit chief,  R.R. Patil. However, three villages in Satara, namely, Ajagaon, Kondali and Tripidi, continued their boycott. The villagers refused to vote on Thursday during the second phase of polling and demanded a road to  be constructed  leading to their village.