Dilip Mori
Dilip Mori
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Itika Srivastava

Thursday 02 Nov 17 11:15:37 AM
A polling booth for one person in Gir Forest
A polling booth for one person in Gir Forest

Gujarat Assembly elections 2017 is around the corner and all the political parties are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that they emerge victoriously. The Polls are scheduled to take place on 9th December and 14th December, the elections will have several interesting features.

The state has around 4.5 crore voters and has more than 50,000 polling booths.

In a very unusual way, Bharatdas Darshandas, 55, belonging to Banej village deep in the Gir forest in Junagadh, is the privileged voter as the Commission is setting up a booth solely for him in Una Assembly constituency. Darshandas is a temple priest. Every year, the Election Commission raises arranges a voting station equipped with 8 Nodal officers and security personnel for the votes of BharatDas Bapu.

The voter, not afraid of lions of the sanctuary, has been there for the last 10 years and has voted in the 2007 and 2009 polls too. "Every time two policemen and four-five election officials come here. I go there and cast my vote," he told mijaaj.com.