Villagers to boycott polls

The villagers of four villages in Siddhapur taluk have decided to boycott the upcoming assembly election, in a gesture of protest against the government for failing to provide basic amenities to their villages.

The villagers of Thattalli, Diddalli, Chottepare and Basavanahalli have warned of boycotting the election by claiming that their villagers are not supplied with electricity, water, ration card and poor quality of construction work undertaken by Nirmithi Kendra.

Addressing media persons on Wednesday, Diddali hamlet leader J K Appaji and leaders of other hamlets complained that despite the Forest Rights Act-2006 coming into existence, they have not been provided with any facilities under Naduthopu scheme of the forest department. For the same reasons the villagers had warned of boycotting voting during 2008 election. But due to the pressure from the then officers and elected representatives, the decision was withdrawn and the villagers exercised their franchise.

However, the voters were disappointed as they have not received any government facilities except for the voter identity cards during the last five years, Appaji complained.
Though the villagers who are residing on the border of the forest were assured of receiving title deeds, only a few have received the title deeds so far.

The villagers are still forced to depend on streams and ponds by the side of paddy fields for drinking water. The electricity polls that were brought to the hamlets to supply electricity under Rajiv Gandhi Electricity Scheme, were transported to other villagers, he said.

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