Modi is for urban rich, feel Gujarat’s urban poor

December 15th, 2007 - 10:07 pm ICT by admin  

By Ami Sharma
Ahmedabad, Dec 15 (ANI): On the eve of the voting for the second phase of polls in Gujarat, labourers dwelling in cities have expressed their anger over the incumbent State Government led by Narendra Modi.
Agitated by Modi government’s ‘failure to carry out developmental work’ for them, labourers have decided not to vote for the BJP during this election.
Residents of ‘Sapna ni Chawl’, a slum in Ahmedabad city, complain of being neglected by the Modi Government and accuse him of being biased towards the urban rich of the city.
“We are living in worst conditions. We don’t get drinking water, electricity, and no sanitation facility. We have nothing,” rues Devi Ben who is one of the 30,000 residents of the slum that has 2,500 shanty houses.
“This time we are not going to fall prey in the false promises of BJP government. We will vote for Congress who is with poor,” she adds.
Four years ago, Municipal Corporation of the city had demolished their illegal houses, and many of the families are still residing in open in this area.
These slum dwellers have filed a petition in the High Court and are waiting for the judgement.
Established during British rule in 1856, this chawl is inhabited by people hailing from Rajasthan who shifted here over 100 years ago. They earn their livelihood mostly by making idols and doing labour work. “Earlier at least we had homes during Congress regime, but today we have lost everything because of the BJP government. We are surviving here in worst condition. We don’t have shelters. Its winter and our children have to sleep under the open shelter. We will not vote for this government again,” says Magan bhai, who works as a daily wage labourer. “We live in open grounds. No body worked for us. BJP ruled for 5 years but did nothing for us. But this time nobody can force me to vote. I will vote for the one whom I wish to vote. I feel Congress is good for us,” says a 50-year-old lady, Moti Ben. This locality is barely 200 meters away from posh area of the main Ahmedabad city. But the living conditions for these urban poor are worst. Ramaji bhai, head of a 22-member family, lives under the plastic roof.
An old lady, Meera Rathore complains about the poor quality of food grains provided by the State Administration under the BPL scheme.
“I can show the food we eat. The government provides us such bad quality food under BPL scheme. Tell us for whom should we vote?” she questions. (ANI)

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