Lalgarh, Apr 12 (ANI): With West Bengal gearing up for the first phase of assembly polls to be held on April 18, the locals in Maoist- infested Netai village of Lalgarh district hope that a new government would bring about a remarkable change and develop the infrastructure and health facilities in the region.
"We want a concrete road from Lalgarh to Netai and Dantikri, Kanchandanga village. In Lalgarh and Jangalmahal area, we don't have any colleges in Lalgarh area. Our daughters have to go to Silda, Jhargram, Midnapur for college. We want a college in Lalgarh. We hope for a new government and we want change," said Dwarakinath Ponda, a retired teacher.
The lack of health facilities and other amenities has made life tough for the villagers.
"We have to go to nearby states to avail health facilities. We have no advantage of staying in West Bengal. We want a developed hospital including emergency service and doctor, blood bank, child specialist," said Ram Mahato, a villager.
The state will have elections in six phases. The first phase of voting will take place on April 18, second phase on April 23, third phase on April 27, fourth phase on May 3, fifth phase on May 7 and sixth phase on May 10.
The total number of assembly constituencies in West Bengal is 294, of which 68 are reserved for the Scheduled Castes and 16 for the Scheduled Tribes.
The Election Commission has said polling will take place at 51,919 polling stations. (ANI)