Villagers of a remote village in Bihar have decided to boycott the ensuing Lok Sabha elections stating that they were deprived of basic amenities for the past several years by those elected earlier.
To express their discontentment, residents of Tari Dabil village under Dabil panchayat of Khaira block in Jamui district have decided to resort to ‘no road, no vote” policy.
“We have decided to boycott the Lok Sabha elections as we simply do not want our participation in the process that would place anyone in the position of power,” said an incensed villager.
Jamui is the parliamentary constituency of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan’s son Chirag Paswan, who won in 2014 with a margin of over 85,000 votes. Chirag Paswan is contesting in the first phase on April 11.
Angry villagers said that many leaders of various parties had promised to build roads but nothing is visible on the ground yet.
“In 2009 when Bhudeo Choudhary of JD(U) became the MP we had hoped he would do something about the development here. But he didn’t do anything. Then Narendra Modi ji came in 2014, Chirag Paswan became MP. We became even more hopeful. But nothing happened again,” said another local.
“During monsoons things become worse for us. Not a single person will cast vote in the elections as we feel cheated,” they said.