Three villages in Andhra Pradesh stay away from pollingApril 16th, 2009 - 7:43 pm ICT by IANS
Hyderabad, April 16 (IANS) People of three villages in Andhra Pradesh Thursday refused to vote to protest the lack of roads, drinking water and schools.
Villagers of Medepalli village in Khammam district boycotted the ballotting. Though the authorities had made all the arrangements, nobody turned up to vote.
The story was the same in two villages of Medak and Warangal districts.
In Medepalli, villagers gathered in an open ground to show their resentment towards political parties. Some held empty pots to highlight the drinking water problem in the village, which has over 500 voters.
“There is not even a road to our village. Our children have no schools,” complained a woman.
The villagers alleged that no political party was sincere in finding a solution to their problem and hence they were boycotting the elections.
Police officials tried to convince the villagers to call off their protest, but the people were adamant that the district collector should visit them.