Odisha Panchayat Polls: Know Why Booth Capturing, Violence Continues

Classification of districts as sensitive is based on present law & order scenario and poll history. When 2022 poll disruptions show troubled Blocks as history-sheeters, why it take time to fix   

Poll Violence Mars Polling In Odisha

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The SEC seems to have made an under-assessment of the security scenario for the ongoing Panchayat elections.

As per the data with SEC, a total of 13,785 booths from a total of 91,916 have been designated as sensitive in the State.

In contrast, the number of sensitive booths identified in 2017 Panchayat polls in the State stood at 27,422.

The rural elections of 2002 and 2012 had seen maximum poll disruptions in the State vis-a-vis 2007 and 2017.

Even as Odisha Panchayat elections had a history of booth capturing, the Raktacharitra (blood-stained) of the 2022 polls in Odisha was on cinemascope display.

As per data available with State Elections Commission, a high of 453 booths went for re-polling in 2002, the count was 229 in 2007, 309 in 2012 and 130 in 2017. In the current edition, polling was disrupted in 26 booths in the first phase elections, and the violence on the day had left nearly 50 injured.