Voters in two Uttar Pradesh villages boycott polling

April 23rd, 2009 - 6:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, April 23 (IANS) Voters in two villages of Uttar Pradesh’s Gonda district Thursday boycotted the Lok Sabha elections to protest the lack of development of the area.
As many as 650 registered voters in Janki and Phaguia villages of the district did not exercise their franchise. The villages come under the Gonda parliamentary constituency.

“Not a single voter from Janki and Phaguia villages turned up at the polling booths,” the district’s chief development officer (CDO) Raj Bahadur Singh told IANS over telephone.

With a total population of around 1,000 in the two villages, the residents have been demanding construction of roads, regular power supply, setting up of a primary health centre and other civic amenities for over the last one decade but in vain.

“Fed up of the false assurances of the politicians to carry out development in our village, we this time unanimously decided to boycott polls,” said Sukhlal, a farmer in the Phaguia village.

The district administration made a lot of effort to persuade the villagers to vote but they remained firm on their decision to boycott the polls.

“We made hectic efforts to convince the villagers, but to no avail. They (villagers) made it very clear that they would completely boycott the election this time,” said Singh.

According to officials, no voter had come to the polling booths in Janki and Phaguia till 4 p.m.

Gonda is about 200 km from Lucknow.

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