Bengaluru: Karnataka farmers from Chamarajanagar and residents of Kenjige village have boycotted Thursday’s Lok Sabha elections in the state. However, election was held peacefully in the naxal-affected areas in Chikkamagalur.

More than 250 farmers have boycotted voting in Chamarajanagar. The farmers of Suvarnavathi Reservoir Old Layout and surrounding areas of Aloor have boycotted the election. They have decided not to vote as water was not supplied to the fields, despite plenty of water in the Suvarnavathi reservoir. This had resulted in crops withering. They had submitted many applications in this regard to the Cauvery water board, but no one responded to the same. Angered by this, the farmers have decided to boycott elections.

Kenjige residents boycott election

More than 600 residents of Kenjige village have restrained from voting and expressed their anger against the officials. Recently, the polling booth in Kenjige village was shifted to neighbouring Balehalli village. The residents expressed their anger against shifting of the booth and have decided to boycott the election.

Voting peaceful in naxal-affected areas

However, elections in the naxal-affected areas are taking place peacefully. People were seen standing in long queues in more than 70 polling stations that are situated in the naxal-affected areas in Chikkamagalur in Shringeri and Mudigere Assembly constituencies falling under Udupi-Chikkamagalur Lok Sabha constituency.