Six Panchayat Candidates win by “Coin Toss” in Assam
GUWAHATI: In what it could only be termed as bizarre, the fate of a village was left to ‘chance’ where the candidates were finalized by a mere ‘coin toss.’
As many as six candidates contesting the Panchayat Election in Barak Valley won by means of a coin toss after their votes were tied.
In one such instance, an Independent Candidate, Rajana Begum and Congress candidate Idarjaan Borbhuiyan of Swadhin Bazar Gram Panchayat, member seat No. 4 in Sonai Constituency, Cachar District, secured 125 votes each. Idarjaan Barbhuiyan of Congress was declared the winner after a senior election official said that the winner would be selected by a coin toss.
Five other candidates - one anchalik panchayat candidate under Lalamukh Gram Panchayat, three-gram panchayat members under Nischintapur and one under Panchgram in Hailakandi - also emerged winners through tossing of coins.
In an era of democracy, it is interesting to see that the fate and welfare of a Gaon/village would be left to mere chance and a coin toss.
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