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Villagers threaten boycott

Nearly 2000 residents of Muthiya village in Naroda under Kapadvanj LS seat have threatened to boycott polls following alleged failure of civic authorities.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Ahmedabad
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2004 08:42 PM IST

Nearly 2000 residents of Muthiya village in Naroda under Kapadvanj Lok Sabha Constituency have threatened to boycott polls following the alleged failure of civic authorities in tackling water, air and land pollutions that have wrecked havoc on crops and environment.

This threat to boycott polls has sent both Congress candidate Shankrsinh Vaghela and BJP candidate Liladhar Vaghela scurrying to the village, which is on outskirt of Ahmedabad and a Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) area, to ease the situation and convince the villagers and assure them of solving the issue.

The nondescript village, that comes under Daskroi taluka where BJP has a sitting MLA, is plagued with basic problems like bad roads, drinking water shortage and its contamination and serious environmental hazards due to the chemical effluents from the GIDC factories.

"The village has about 5000 residents and 2000 of them have decided not to vote because it has not changed the situation for 20 years now, in fact the conditions have just worsened," a local of the village and a social worker Madhusudhan Patel told PTI.

The villagers yesterday took out a protest procession and displayed banners urging the other locals to boycott polls.

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