As the 95 seats across 12 states in the nation go to polls in the second phase of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, residents of the Danipur village of Bihar have set an example with their dedication towards exercising their right to choose their government. However, at the same time, their plight has also highlighted the difficulties they face irrespective of whom they have been voting to power over the years.
845 people from the Danipur village in the Korha assembly segment crossed the tributary of Kosi River to reach the primary school polling booth at Churli ghat in Purnia. Though their Lok Sabha constituency is Purnia, the village is in proximity to the Katihar district of Bihar. There is no link between the village and the two districts that surround it.
Sources said that since Independence, this village of Danipur has not had a bridge that connects it to the Katihar Lok Sabha constituency at one side and the Purnea Lok Sabha constituency at the other side. Despite their only demand of a bridge remaining unfulfilled in all these years, the residents do not miss out on casting their vote and choosing their MPs in the general elections and MLAs in the assembly polls, in the hope that the upcoming administration will cater to their needs.
One of the 40 parliamentary constituencies in Bihar, Purnia Lok Sabha constituency is polling in the second phase of general elections on April 18. The Purnia Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar falls under the district of the same name and is a part of Seemanchal region.
The state of Bihar goes on polls in all the seven phases. The counting of all votes will take place on May 23.