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Eight Uttar Pradesh villages boycott polls

Etawah, Fri, 08 May 2009 ANI

Etawah (UP), May 8 (ANI): Eight villages in Uttar Pradesh boycotted the fourth phase of general elections on Thursday to protest against the lack of irrigation facilities.


Villagers expressed resentment over lack of water supply in their locality.


"Why should we vote? What's the use? Why should we waste our time? We won't vote. The entire village has decided not to vote. When there is no one to listen us, there is no point in voting," said Jamuna Prasad, a villager.


Besides lack of irrigation facilities, the roads too were in a bad shape.


"For the last 20 years there is no water facility here for irrigation. During elections every leader promises to solve our problem but after winning no one comes here. There is no water in ponds. If a fire breaks out in this village, no one can rescue this village, as fire brigade will take time to reach here due to bad roads. Even we have complained to district magistrate but no one listens," said Satyanarayen Singh, another villager.


A total of 85 parliamentary constituencies went to polls on Thursday in the fourth round while polling for the fifth phase is scheduled to be held on May 13.


The first, second and third phases of polling were held on April 16, 23 and0 respectively.


Counting for the elections held will be held on May 16. (ANI)


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