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PTI Bengalu
Updated: 03-11-2018 16:46 IST

Protests marred voting at

Haraginadoni village in Ballari as women staged a

demonstration holding empty pots and boycotted the Lok Sabha

by-elections Saturday.

The villagers were protesting the lack of water supply

in their village.

The district administration had arranged water supply

through tankers but that was not sufficient to meet the

day-to-day requirements, they said.

"Most borewells in our village have gone dry. Those

which are functional have high fluoride content, which is not

potable," an agitating villager told reporters.

The villagers had been cautioning the district

authorities for the past three-four days that unless their

water requirements were met, they would not vote.

However, their warnings were not taken seriously and

Saturday morning, hundreds of women holding empty pitchers

staged a demonstration.

The bypolls in Ballari is taking place following the

resignation of sitting BJP MP B Sriramulu afterhe won the

assembly election from Monakalmuru.

Sriramulu's sister J Shantha got the BJP ticket while

V SUgrappa is contesting as a Congress candidate backed by


According to information received, there are 17.13

lakh voters in the Lok Sabha constituency while Haraginadoni

village has about 2,000 voters.

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