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HindustanTimes Sun,26 Oct 2014

No road no vote: Tribals boycott polls

None  Bokaro, April 24, 2014
First Published: 23:28 IST(24/4/2014) | Last Updated: 01:40 IST(25/4/2014)

While the rural people of Chandankiyari block in Bokaro district voted enthusiastically in the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday, the residents of a predominantly tribal village, Gunbdlibeentha, located in the same block boycotted the polls.

Reason: The locals said that they have been demanding half a kilometre-long connecting road to their village for several years now but the administration has not taken any step
in this regard.

On Wednesday evening, women of the village came out of their homes and asked all the residents to boycott the elections. “No vote if there is no road,” they said.

On Thursday, the polling booth (No.126) wore a deserted look.

A few officers talked to the villagers on the spot but failed to persuade them to vote.

A local resident Parameshwar Marandi said that the elected representatives do not bother to visit their place after elections. With no connecting road, the residents face a number of problems, he said.

One Sanatan Murmu said that no doctor wants to visit this place.

Another resident Shravan said that people have to trek on muddy and undulated lanes to reach the main road.

A representative of the local mukhiya said that the issue has been raised at the Vidhan
Sabha level.

He said once a survey was done but the local administration reported that proper land was not available for the work.

It may be mentioned here that only one vote was cast in the booth by the end of the voting period.


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