Residents protest lack of roads, electricity
By an APN correspondent
At a time when the Election Commission is encouraging more and more people to exercise their voting right, residents of at least six villages in Uttar Pradesh chose to boycott polling for the state assembly on February 15, the second phase of the ongoing elections.
According to reports received from various APN reporters, residents of Ferozepur village of Badaun district, Atta in Auraiya, Dilawarpur village in Sindhauli block and Rathia, Kumbhia and Raipur villages in Powayan assembly constituency in Shahjahanpur district did not cast their votes. In most cases, the villagers were protesting the non-availability of roads and electricity.
On January 18, APN carried a story about 40,000 residents of 10 villages in the Khurja tehsil of UP announcing their decision to boycott the assembly polls 2017, over their demand for a six-kilometre road connecting Kakod with Madhupura. Government agencies were ordered to start work on the project thereafter.