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Villagers set example by postponing their annual fair for voting day

Sunday, 6 April 2014 - 7:29am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Pune: Citizens, who are planning a picnic instead of going for voting on April 17, should take some lessons from residents of Bhosari area. Realising that the voting date for Pune is clashing with the traditional jatra of Bhosari village, the residents unanimously decided to postpone the fair by a couple of days so that villagers can exercise their franchise.
Organising this fair after Hanuman Jayanti, which generally fall in April, is an age-old tradition in Bhosari. Even after the Bhosari village witnessed tremendous urbanisation and it was included in the city limits, the people have not forgotten their old traditions. However this year, considering the elections, the locals have taken a progressive step of rescheduling the annual fair.
Head of the fair organising committee, Pandit Gawali said, "Organising the fair has been a long tradition that the Bhosari residents are following over the years. The fair is generally organised a couple of days after Hanuman Jayanti. Earlier, the fair was scheduled on April 17. However, when the Election Commission announced the poll dates, we found that the date of voting in Pune district was clashing with the fair."
After much discussions between the eminent members of Bhosari village, finally on Gudi Padwa, the organising committee members held a meeting which was attended by MLAs, local corporators and senior citizens to take a decision on the fair.
"We held a meeting of all the political leaders from Bhosari and senior citizens and all of them unanimously decided to reschedule the fair on April 19 and 20, so that the voting and fair dates do not clash," Gawali added.

Labour commissioner's appeal to companies

While the Bhosari villagers have rescheduled their annual fair, the labour commissioner has appealed to all the industries to create an awareness about voting to increase voting percentage. The commissioner has sent a letter to all the companies in Hinjewadi, Bhosari MIDC and PCMC areas asking them to take measures to create voter awareness.

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