450 children to a father sends election observer into a tizzy

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Barrackpore, Mar 24 (UNI) India is a land of miracles and the electoral list of an inconspicuous constituency threw up one such fantastic reality that would put even the epics on the backburners.

Mahabharata described "Gandhari" as the mother of 100 sons fathered by Dhritarashtra. Modern India may or may not believe it and the Marxists would certainly not buy it, but an election observer would definitely think twice after what he had experienced. For election observer Sudhir Kumar it came as a culture shock when he was taking stock of the electoral list of the district. Mr Kumar's attention was drawn to the electoral lists of Karhati constituency in North 24 Parganas bearing 450 men and women of a single holding as children of late Annada Thakur. The constituency belongs to the CPI(M).

As the dumbstruck observer visited the address mentioned in the electoral list, the veil was removed. The address led to "Adyapith Temple Ashram" and voters were residents of the home of old aged and distressed people at Ariadhah near Dakshineshwar.

During an inquiry into such impractical enrolment of electorate, the Adyapith's monk secretary Mural Bhai explained that the people who were provided shelter preferred to live here permanently as disciples and children of the founder father of the organisation, Late monk Annada Thakur, who died in 1961.

So for obvious reasons they named him father while filing in the forms. The election observer was convinced and after checking their nationality preferred to maintain the list.

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