Chakrata residents allege social boycott over bogus voting objection
Three residents of Chakrata assembly constituency in Uttarakhand have alleged that they were facing social boycott by fellow villagers for objecting to bogus voting in the assembly constituency. The village head, however, denied the chargesdehradun Updated: Feb 18, 2017 19:47 IST
Dehradun: Three residents of Chakrata assembly constituency in Uttarakhand have alleged that they were facing social boycott by fellow villagers for objecting to bogus voting in the assembly constituency. The village head, however, denied the charges.
The complainants, Ranvir Singh, Shoorvir Singh and Uday Singh, residents of Fanar village in the Bawar area, around 150 km from Dehradun, were appointed as polling agents of the local BJP candidate, Madhu Chauhan. They alleged that Hari Singh, husband of the Fanar village head Babita Rana, had tried to allure them with an offer to compensate duly, if they condoned bogus voting on the polling day, but the three villagers refused to accept Rana’s offer and objected to the same.
This, according to the complaints, angered Hari Singh, following which a meeting of village elders and other members was held under Syana Diwan Singh -- Syana is a traditionally accepted headship of the most influential family in a village -- on Thursday night to deliberate over their conduct. “After the meeting, an emissary was sent to us on Friday, who informed that three of us, who tried to stop bogus voting at the village booth, have been boycotted by the community,” said Ranvir Singh.
According to him, he contacted the team of special police observer in the constituency, but the latter refused saying that they cannot take action on incidents away from polling booths.
“As per the decision taken by Syana, now community and other villagers will not be allowed to interact with us till we pay ₹5,000 and a give one goat as compensation to waive off the sanction,” said Ranvir Singh.
When contacted for his reaction over the charges, Hari Singh said, “I don’t think any sanction was imposed on them (the complainants), but I cannot speak to you now. Please speak to me in the evening.”
Madhu Chauhan, the local BJP candidate, said, “Sitting Congress MLA had been winning here with the help of bogus voting in Bawar area, but now people have started rising against the voting culture in the area. Sanction against my supporters was the result of arrogance of power, but we will lodge a complaint with the district magistrate today or tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, the complainants said that they were planning to file a formal complaint in the matter with the district magistrate in Dehradun.