Wildlife chosen as theme for voter awareness campaigns in WB

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Kolkata, March 30: The rich natural heritage of the geographically-diverse West Bengal has now become a motif for the Election Commission to attract voters to polling booths.

Each of the districts in the state have launched varied election mascots like tiger, red panda, rhinoceros, dolphin or even rivers like Teesta.

Sporting a typical white Bengali dhoti is the mannequin of a tiger which is being displayed in various places as mascot of the voter awareness campaign in South 24 Parganas adjoining Kolkata.

“We are lucky to have the national animal in our district which is part of the Sundarbans. We thought that tiger is the most appropriate creature which can represent our district and ask voters to exercise their right in a free and just manner in the upcoming Assembly elections,” district magistrate Dr P B Salim said.

Besides posters and effigies, even men dressed like a tiger can be seen in voter awareness campaigns.

The Election Commission had issued instructions to all districts asking them to chose mascots that would be used to spread awareness among voters, deputy Chief Electoral Officer Amitjyoti Bhattacharya said.

In the hills of Darjeeling, where the cute little creature can be spotted on tree branches, the administration has made Red Panda as their election mascot.

Similarly in Alipurduar district, which houses a  number of forests in the Dooars region, rhino is the mascot. Jaldapara National Park which is home to the Asiatic one horned Rhinoceros is part of the district.

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