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Voters in erosion-hit coastal villages to boycott poll

Upset over drawing a blank in their fight against government red-tape, voters in sea erosion-hit villages in Orissa’s Kendrapara district have resolved to boycott the coming Assembly and Lok Sabha poll.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2009 13:47 IST

Upset over drawing a blank in their fight against government red-tape, voters in sea erosion-hit villages in Orissa’s Kendrapara district have resolved to boycott the coming Assembly and Lok Sabha poll.

Nearly 1,800 voters in Satabhaya and Kanhupur villages cutting across party lines have taken the boycott decision after their years of efforts to getting relocated to higher places produced no result.

“Parties are trying to woo the voters. But people here are not in a mood to relent,” Susmita Rout, the Sarpanch of Satabhaya gram panchayat, said.

“We had been promised that the villagers would be relocated to the proposed resettlement colony by the new year. But things have not looked up as the resettlement site is yet to be finalised,” she said. “We are fighting both against the sea and government red tape. We do not repose our faith on government machinery.

We are forced to resort to the drastic step to register our protest,” Rout said. The villagers had launched a series of sit-in and fast-unto-death agitations in 2008 to press for their resettlement, but the resettlement project had not moved an inch, the residents regretted.