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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Voters choose poll boycott to protest lack of amenities

People of Sabar tribe in Purulia’s Bandwan area in West Bengal called for a boycott of Lok Sabha elections alleging unavailability of electricity in their houses.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 06, 2019 11:52 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Lok Sabha Election 2019,Election News,General Election 2019
In Rajasthan’s Bharatpur voters in Rahmanpura, Bajrang Vihar and Kauwa Ka Nangla areas also called for a boycott over alleged shortage of water and motorable roads.(HT Photo/ Representative Image)

As people voted on Thursday in 51 constituencies across 7 states, a few booths wore a deserted look as voters kept away to express resentment over alleged lack of basic amenities in a growing trend of boycott as means of protest,

People of Sabar tribe in Purulia’s Bandwan area in West Bengal called for a boycott of Lok Sabha elections alleging unavailability of electricity in their houses.

A villager said, “electricity department had said we would get free electricity but they later asked for Rs 4000, how would we pay that amount”.

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In Rajasthan’s Bharatpur voters in Rahmanpura, Bajrang Vihar and Kauwa Ka Nangla areas also called for a boycott over alleged shortage of water and motorable roads.

At several booths in Chhattisgarh, which voted in first three phases, banners were seen urging people to boycott polls over the lack of basic amenities like drinking water and government apathy

Spme villagers of Balawas village under Hisar-1st block and Nalwa assembly segment of Hisar district, which goes to polls on May 12, have decided to boycott the Lok Sabha elections, alleging local administration and government apathy.

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The villagers have begun staging dharnas and the locals say they will not allow any political party to come to the village for campaigning.

At several villages in UP’s Gorakhpur district, banners could be seen on main roads asking politicians who come seeking votes to keep away. All this to protest the government’s decision to divert the Rapti river that flows past their villages.

In Maharashtra Kolhapur constituency, which voted on April 23, several villagers kept away from the polls to protest lack of any work on the Dhamami dam, which was sanctioned in 1995.

In Tamil Nadu, villagers of Nagaraja Kandigai called for a boycott to protest pollution caused by the local sponge iron plant.

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ConstituencySitting MP
Bihar
SitamarhiRam Kumar Sharma, RLSP
MadhubaniChaudhary Hukumdev Narayan Yadav, BJP
MuzaffarpurAjay Nishad, BJP
SaranRajiv Pratap Rudy, BJP
HajipurRamvilas Paswan, LJP
Jammu and Kashmir
LadakhThupstan Chhewang, BJP
AnantnagSeat is vacant (PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti quit after becoming CM of the state)
Madhya Pradesh
TikamgarhVirendra Kumar Khatik, BJP
DamohPrahalad Singh Patel, BJP
KhajurahoNagendra Singh, BJP
SatnaGanesh Singh
RewaJanardan Mishra, BJP
HoshangabadUday Pratap Singh
BetulJyoti Dhurve, BJP
Rajasthan
GanganagarNihalchand Meghwal, BJP
BikanerArun Ram Meghwal, BJP
ChuruRahul Kaswan, BJP
JhunjhunuSantosh Ahlawat, BJP
SikarSumedhanand Saraswati, BJP
Jaipur RuralRajyavardhan Singh Rathore, BJP
JaipurRamcharan Bohara, BJP
AlwarChand Nath, BJP
BharatpurBahadur Singh, BJP
Karauli-DholpurManoj Rajoria, BJP
DausaHarish Chandra Meena, BJP
NagaurC R Choudhary, BJP
ConstituencySitting MP
Jharkhand
KodarmaRavindra Kumar Ray, BJP
RanchiRam Tahal Choudhary, BJP
KhuntiKariya Munda, BJP
HazaribaghJayant Sinha, BJP
Uttar Pradesh
DharuheraRekha Verma, BJP
SitapurRajesh Verma, BJP
MohanlalganjKaushal Kishore, BJP
LucknowRajnath Singh, BJP
Rae BareliSonia Gandhi, Congress
AmethiRahul Gandhi, Congress
BandaBhairon Prasad Mishra, BJP
FatehpurNiranjan Jyoti, BJP
KaushambiVinod Sonkar, BJP
BarabankiPriyanka Singh Rawat, BJP
FaizabadLallu Singh, BJP
BahraichSavitri Bai Phule, BJP
KaiserganjBrij Bhushan Sharan Singh, BJP
GondaKirti Vardhan Singh, BJP
West Bengal
BangaonMamata Thakur, Trinamool Congress
BarrackpurDinesh Trivedi, Trinamool Congress
HowrahPrasun Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
UluberiaSajda Ahmed, Trinamool Congress
SreerampurKalyan Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
HooghlyDr Ratna De, Trinamool Congress
ArambagAparupa Poddar, Trinamool Congress

First Published: May 06, 2019 09:58 IST

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