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Residents boycott voting at Morni booth

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Panchkula, April 11, 2014
First Published: 10:56 IST(11/4/2014) | Last Updated: 10:57 IST(11/4/2014)

Of the 773 registered voters at the Tikkar booth in Morni on Thursday, not a single vote was cast, citing the lack of a road in the area and the apparent disinterest in candidates with no campaign being carried out.

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Through out the day, Government Senior Secondary School (Tikkar), Bhajkudana, wore a deserted look.
SDM Manita Malik, who is the assistant returning officer too, said, “It is true that polls are being boycotted. People are upset as there is no road here.”

Deputy Commissioner SS Phulia also visited the Tikkar Tal residents and requested them to vote, to no effect. “The residents listed two reasons. First, for some years they had to make to without a road. Then they added that no Lok Sabha candidate visited them during the campaign. I informed them that they could use NOTA (None of the Above) option. However, they did not relent,” said Phulia.

Later in the day, Tikkar residents comprising Ponta and Kudana panchayats, who had boycotted the polls, threatened that they would not also vote in the assembly polls if the road from Tikkar to Mirpur was not constructed. They alleged that chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had promised that the road would be constructed on his visit to Morni last year.

Residents of Neechli Chowki and Uparli Chowki, here, had also boycotted polls in 2009, again reportedly due to little development and woeful infrastructure. Only three votes got polled.

“Five years on, the condition of the road has seen no improvement. We do not have a metalled road for Uparli Chowki. No Lok Sabha candidate visited us. However, this time we are urging people to vote and are choosing the BJP this time, after having voting for the Congress,” claimed Balbir Singh, a former sarpanch in the area. In this village here, of the 614 votes, 483 people voted (78.66%). Even, the remote Gumthala village near the Chowki voted enthusiastically with 91 votes cast of the 117 total voters.

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