Rajasthan village holds polling on alcohol ban issue

Rozda village in Jaipur district in Rajasthan witnessed significant voter turnout today. No, the villagers there were not choosing their next political representative. Instead, they became a part of the process to decide whether alcohol is to be banned in the village or not.

Rozda village in Jaipur holds poll on alcohol ban. Photo: Dev Ankur WadhawanOut of 4482 eligible voters, 2581, that is, more than 50 per cent turned out to cast their votes. Women turnout was significantly larger during voting. There was heavy police presence to prevent any untoward incident during voting today.

Earlier, there had been several protests in the village seeking a complete ban on alcohol there. The villagers had held protests for more than 351 days seeking a ban on alcohol in the village. However, after the state government refused to agree to their demand, they approached the High Court. It was after the court's approval for voting that the villagers cast their vote today to decide whether alcohol is to be banned in the village or not.