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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

While the intellectual battle between Odisha and West Bengal over the origin and ownership of delicacy Rasogolla seems far from being over, Pahala, one of the prime business centers of the iconic sweetmeat, is grappling with myriad problems, the temporary stalls by the side of the road being one of those.

These Rasogolla vendors on the outskirts of the Capital City are hopeful that the new lady Mayor to be elected for the Capital city in the forthcoming Urban Local Body election will look into their grievances and provide a long-term solution.

At 'Town Khati', OTV's special programmer where the voters were asked about the issues they were facing, a Rasogolla vendor said they are hopeful that a new shopping cluster for Pahala Rasagolla will be ready in the next five years.

“IDCO has provided land for the construction of a new cluster for Pahala Rasogola vendors. The construction work has already started. Hopefully, it will be accelerated and ready for operation during the tenure of our new Mayor,” he said.

Another vendor said they would go for a candidate with clean image.

“We will vote for a Mayor candidate who doesn't have any record of corruption. She should ardently push for developmental works in our area,” he said.

However, another vendor was cynicism about the attitude of the political leaders.

“They (politicians) would to visit us during election time and give us many false promises. However, after the election gets over they forget everything and behave strangely. I will definitely vote to elect public representatives. But I have no hope in them,” he said.

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