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Western Odisha's Bargarh Heads To Polls As Temperatures Soar

The Bargarh Lok Sabha constituency in Odisha is set to vote on May 20 as both real and political temperature in the state has soared after Prime Minister Narendra Modi intensified attacks against the BJD on the Odiya identity issue. The region is a BJP stronghold and has traditionally been known as the state's prime agricultural belt and home to highly-skilled weavers and artisans.

Leaf disposable plates | Photo: Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

A family makes traditional disposable plates out of leaves in Sarkanda village of the Bargarh constituency

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Congress campaign vehicle in Bargarh
Congress campaign vehicle in Bargarh | Photo: Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

A Congress flag flutters on a campaign vehicle in Bargarh city as a religious flag and a BJD banner can be seen in the background

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Cane-goods
Cane-goods | Photo: Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

A man carries baskets and other cane-goods on his motorbike on a highway near Bargarh

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LS Election campaign hoardings in Bargarh
LS Election campaign hoardings in Bargarh | Photo: Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

A family of travellers pass a roadside shrine in Bargarh with campaign hoardings in the background

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Hanuman statue outside the Nrusinghanath temple
Hanuman statue outside the Nrusinghanath temple | Photo: Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

A massive Hanuman statue outside the Nrusinghanath temple near Paikamal, situated at the bottom of a hill believed to be the Gandhamardan Hill mentioned in the Ramayana

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An angry Hanuman flag
An angry Hanuman flag | Photo: Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

An angry Hanuman flag flutters at a motorcycle parked outside a temple in Sarkanda

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| Photo: Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

A mud-hut painted with congratulatory messages for a wedding with a temple in the backdrop, in Sarkanda

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Political hoardings
Political hoardings | Photo: Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

Hoardings of various political parties, such as the BJD, Congress, BJP and BSP dot the landscape of Bargarh during a hot afternoon, with sparse traffic on the road

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