Deserted roads during the sixth phase of UP Polls

20 per cent names were missing in the voters list during the sixth phase of UP Polls, reports BK Singh.

india Updated: May 04, 2007 00:31 IST
BK Singh
BK Singh

Deserted roads, combination of average and low turn out of voters, haphazard voters list, difficulty in casting votes and harassment to commuters was the general scenario in the district during the sixth phase of polls on Thursday.

Except for few police vehicles and one or two others that showed up once in a while, as far as one could see, the city roads remained deserted.

Heat, apathy towards polls and missing names added to the poor turn out of voters. A good number of voters did not venture out after being told by neighbours that their names were missing, said Prem Shankar Dixit of Patrakar Colony who had to spend more than forty five minutes in this sweltering heat to cast his vote.

Having exercised his franchise on several other occasions earlier, Dixit said it was the first time when he had to stand for so long in the queue. In some cases voters were running from one polling station to another in a bid to find their names, said Harish Agnihotri, another resident of the area.

About 20 per cent names were missing in the voters list despite the fact that most of them had cast their votes in the recent mayoral elections. What was most appalling for nearly 70 residents of Sardar Patel Marg in posh Civil Lines area under city north was the fact that all their names were missing. This despite the fact that they had completed all formalities of getting their names included in the voters list, said Neeraj Tripathi.

What caused anger among several thousand voters was the fact that they were turned out from the booth and not allowed to vote because their names did not figure in the list even though they had been issued slips after their names were found in the list with polling agents sitting outside.

With few city buses that ply on passenger routes being withdrawn, commuters had a tough time in finding even the cycle rikshaw which is the chief mode of transportation in the city. A few that were on roads were demanding exorbitant rates.

Hundreds of train passengers were seen walking towards their destinations carrying baggage on head like coolies. With shops remaining closed, people had to look for tea vendors and cold drink and juice sellers but they too were nowhere to be seen.

And those who needed cold purified water to quench thirst had the most agonizing experience.

First Published: May 04, 2007 00:20 IST