Mrunal Manmay Dash

Sasmita Nayak, a Sarpanch aspirant from a Panchayat In Kalahandi district, seems to be a compulsive gambler.

Not only did she decide to bet her luck in politics, she is also seen trying to entice the voters into a game of probabilities. However, unlike her, the voters stand to lose nothing if fortunes didn’t smile on them.

In a last ditch effort to woo votes as campaigning for the first phase of Panchayat polls end this evening, Nayak, who is contesting from Kuhura Gram Panchayat under Kalahandi’s Golamunda block hit upon the novel idea.

She began distributing lottery tickets during her last phase campaigning, announcing that the lucky winners will be announced if she won the election.

Naik, an independent candidate who is contesting on ‘Open Umbrella’ symbol, has reportedly announced to distribute 1200 prizes to an equal number of winners in the event of her victory.

Sources said the first prize winner will get gold weighing 10 grams, the second prize winner will get a refrigerator, two third prize winners will be getting 10 grams of silver each while two washing machines are up for the grabs for each of the two winners for the fourth prize.

The consolation prizes include 1000 cotton sarees for the women as well.

This is not all.

The consolation prizes also include 50 sports jerseys to players in five villages, five footballs, five cricket bats and an equal number of cricket balls.

Speaking to OTV, Naik said, “I have been a daughter-in-law to this village since the past 22 years and I haven’t seen any development in all these years. I want to make this GP a model Gram Panchayat by connecting it with roads and developing the standard of living of the people.”

“And as far as the lottery is concerned, I am paying everything from my own pocket. If I win, I intend to reward the people of my GP for their love and affection,” she said.

Campaigning for the first phase of Panchayat polls will come to an end on Monday evening at Junagarh and Golamunda Blocks in Kalahandi before these Blocks go to polls on February 16.