Old Horse Stallion Campaigns in Rural Odisha Polls
Srikant Sahoo has been an old stallion in the panchayat polls in Odisha, but the 60-year-old is leaving nothing to chance in betting on a horse for a galloping campaign and a gallop to victory.
The candidate for panchayat Samiti member in Kendrapara district has adopted an unusual campaign mode of riding a horse to grab the attention of voters.
Sahoo runs through the dusty lanes and streets of Sanajaria gram panchayat in the block of Pattamundai, about 100 km northeast of Bhubaneswar.
”I campaign on horseback to maintain social distancing norms. It is also a form of protest against rising fuel prices,” the 62-year-old said.
Sahoo was elected as a member of the Samiti Panchayat of Aradapalli in the 2017 rural elections.
This time, the 60-year-old is trying his electoral luck from the neighboring panchayat because Aradapali has been reserved for Scheduled Caste candidates.
”A friend of mine gave me his horse to solicit the election. My intention is not to attract voters through such an unusual method of campaigning,” Sahoo said.
Residents say the campaign has been boring due to the coronavirus pandemic and the State Election Commission’s ban on rallies and meetings.
They felt Sahoo added color to the polls by campaigning on horseback.
Voting is expected to take place in five phases starting February 16. Only Zilla Parishad members stand for panchayat elections with party symbols in Odisha.
Votes will be counted on February 26, 27 and 28 at block offices.
(This story has not been edited by the Devdiscourse team and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)