Outlook’s Rakhi Bose talked to Ratan Kodiam, a local and first-time voter, who said he was there to exercise his democratic right. Ratan wants the elected government to build more roads, schools, hospitals and infrastructure in the villages across the Indravati river, where he lives.
Braving the threat of violence, villagers of the Naxal-dominated Abujhmad region in South Bastar showed up at the Pahurnar village polling booth in large numbers to cast their vote amid heavy security.
At least 700 voters voted here in the first phase of Assembly Elections in Chhattisgarh on November 7. Officials were seen assisting the elderly to the polling booths. Many people walked for 15 kilometres from their villages to vote in Pahurnar.