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Reconsider decision, participate in elections, Tashigang voters urged

Reconsider decision, participate in elections, Tashigang voters urged

Voters of Tashigang village during a meeting with Kaza administration on Friday. Tribune photo



Tribune News Service

Dipender Manta

Mandi, April 19

To ensure 100 per cent voting in the Lok Sabha and Assembly by-election in tribal district of Lahaul and Spiti on June 1, the Kaza administration today met agitated voters at Tashigang village to persuade them to take part actively in the elections.

Angry after dail wage employees sacked

  • The residents had threatened to boycott the elections in Lahaul and Spiti.
  • They are angry after the service of 13 daily wage workers of this village were terminated by the PWD.
  • These daily wage labourers were working in the PWD for the past many years and now they were waiting for the regularisation of their jobs.

Two days ago, the residents of Tashigang village had threatened to boycott the elections in Lahaul and Spiti. They are angry after the service of 13 daily wage workers of this village were terminated by the Public Works Department authorities. These daily wage labourers were working in the PWD for the past many years and now they were waiting for the regularisation of their jobs.

Assistant Returning Officer at Kaza Harsh Negi reached Tashigang today, the world’s highest polling station, to persuade the agitated voters to take part actively in the Lok Sabha and the Assembly by-election on June 1.

He held a meeting with the local voters and listened to their demands. He encouraged the people to vote in the Lok Sabha and Assembly by-elections. The local people have assured him that they would consider the administration advice. All 13 daily wage labourers working temporarily in the Public Works Department of Tashigang village and their families were present in the meeting.

Assistant Election Officer Harsh Negi said a meeting was held with the local people as well as daily wage labourers who were working with the PWD. They assured to consider the demand of the administration.

“Tashigang is known all over the world for 100 per cent voting. In keeping with this tradition, the people of this village will once again create history by ensuring cent per cent voting to strengthen democracy,” he added.

Tashigang is the highest polling station in the world situated at an altitude of 15,256 feet above sea level. Located in the Spiti Valley of Lahaul and Spiti district, which is known as cold desert Tashigang remains covered with snow for six months in a year. There is a shortage of oxygen.

Before 2019, the highest polling station in the world was Hikkim located in Lahaul Spiti district. But in 2019, Tashigang was made a polling station. There were 45 voters at Tashigang in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Of these, 27 were male and 18 female voters. In the by-election of Mandi parliamentary constituency in 2021 there were 48 voters. In the 2022 Assembly elections, there were 52 voters, of which 30 were men and 22 were women. This time too there are 52 voters.

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