Villagers boycott voting, organise grand feast on poll day

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HT Bureau

Guwahati, Dec 5: Following years of agony and grievances over their basis amenities, people of a tiny hamlet Tetelisara in central Assam’s Nagaon district boycotted the panchayat polls by organising a grand feast on the day of voting on Wednesday.

As a mark of protest the villagers shouted slogans against the administration for its apathetic attitude to the grievances of the villagers.

Over the years, the administration has not paid any heed to the grievances of the villagers for improvement of the road connectivity. The main road of the village is in pathetic condition. There is no scheme for supply of safe drinking water to the people. Erratic power supply is another cause of concern for the people of the village.

They claimed that no leader of any political party has addressed their basic problems in the past years.

“The condition of the key road is pitiable. The fund for improvement of the road was sanctioned. But it is yet to be improved”, said a resident of the village.

“We have been deprived of the basic amenities. We want justice. Why the leaders have not fulfilled their promises. Today, we register our protests. It is unfortunate. We have organised a grand feast out of our contribution,” a resident of the village, Dipali Deka said.

The polling centre wore a deserted look as none from the village came to cast vote till 2 pm.

“We have been staging our protest for the past 20 days. We have informed the administration about the pathetic road conditions. But, the administration didn’t pay any heed to us. So, we are compelled to continue our protests,” said another villager.

A total of 97,45,709 voters will exercise their franchise in 14,077 polling booths in the first phase of the panchayat poll across 16 districts of the state on Wednesday.

796 candidates are contesting for 251 Zila Parishad Member constituencies, 3799 candidates for 1304 Anchalik Panchayat Member, 4155 candidates for 1304 Gram Panchayat President and 34,756 candidates are contesting for 13,040 Gram Panchayat Member constituencies.

The second phase rural polls will be held on December 9 and counting of votes to be held on December 12.


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