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Many tribals from interior hamlets vote for first time as special vehicles ferry them to polling stations in ASR district

Voters from Dayarthi village travelling in a bus to a polling station at Pedakota in Ananthagiri mandal of Alluri Sitharama Raju district on Monday. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Thousands of tribal people from the interior villages in the Maoist hotbed in Alluri Sitharama Raju district exercised their franchise on May 13 (Monday). Many voters belonging to the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) exercised their franchise for the first time as the authorities arranged vehicles to ferry them to polling stations. Though a thin crowd was witnessed at the polling stations in Araku, Paderu and Rampachodavaram Assembly constituencies in the first two hours, voting picked up as the day progressed. By 4 p.m., the polling percentage went up to 56 in the Araku constituency while the...