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HP elections: Many villages boycott polls over lack of roads, teachers, health facilities

Gaurav Bisht, Hindustan Times  Shimla, May 07, 2014
First Published: 20:10 IST(7/5/2014) | Last Updated: 20:12 IST(7/5/2014)

Himachal boasts of being a model hill state in the country. Contrary to it, the electors in about one dozen villages in the state boycotted polls over lack of roads, bridges and teachers.

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Disenchanted by the false promises made by the leaders to the secure votes during the assembly elections, 284 electors in Solang Nullah, the famous tourist spot, did not turn up at the polling booth. The villagers nearby to Solang Nullah have been upset over road connectivity.

Similarly, about 1149 electors in two polling booths of Gadh and Bashla in Anni assembly segment of Mandi parliamentary seat did not turn up to vote. The villagers here rued lack of the teaching staff in the schools while they were also unhappy over long pending demand for link road to the villages.

Polling official at Bashla, Devinder Singh, told Hindustan Times over phone that not a single voter came to cast his vote even as the polling party sat idle waiting for electors.

Chhaling polling station of tribal Lahaul and Spiti assembly segment, which has 121 electors, also boycotted the polls over the lack of road connectivity.

In Dalhousie assembly segment (Kangra parliamentary seat), villagers did not turn up at Jutrahan polling station. Chakki of Bhatiyat assembly constituency also boycotted the poll.

In Shahpur assembly segment, villagers of Kalru polling station stayed away from polls. Kalru polling station has 105 voters. Polling official Yashpal Singh said there has been zero percent polling since morning. "No one came to cast his vote since morning. We heard that the villagers have decided to boycott the poll," he said.

Electors of Naglamber of Sujanpur assembly segment also boycotted the poll. Naglamber booth has 99 voters. "WE have reports that at certain places, people did not turn up at the booths. We don't know the exact reasons," Chief electoral officer Narender Chauhan told Hindustan Times.

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