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Facing water crisis, Sirsa villagers boycott polls

Enraged over government’s f ailure to provide them water, the residents of Sultanpuria village here boycotted the polling on Thursday. The village has about 2,000 registered voters, but not even a single person turned up for voting. The villagers instead staged a dharna outside the polling booth.

punjab Updated: Apr 11, 2014 11:22 IST
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Enraged over government’s failure to provide them water, the residents of Sultanpuria village here boycotted the polling on Thursday. The village has about 2,000 registered voters, but not even a single person turned up for voting. The villagers instead staged a dharna outside the polling booth.


The villagers have been sitting on a dharna since March 10 near the village bus stand. The villagers have also set up an 11-member panel, ‘Sangharsh committee’ to take up the issue.

Bhajan Lal, president of the sangharsh committee, said, “Neither administration nor political leaders had come to hear our problems during our 31-day protests. We also are not interested in pressing the NOTA button.”

“The ground water in our village is salty and we want fresh water supply from a nearby canal for irrigation. We only got promises all these years,” he said.

Hari Krishan, a member of the sangharsh committee, said, “Till the time we are not provided the canal water and 100 sq ft plots, we will not cast vote in any election. We will sit on fast unto death from May 17 if our demands are not fulfilled.”

“The gover nment is discriminating against us as we get power supply for an hour daily and don’t have water to drink,” he added.