Fed up with system, village abstains from voting

Fed up with system, village abstains from voting

Fed up with their elected representatives, citizens registered their protest across various constituencies on Thursday.

The residents of Hosahalli Mole village, affected due to lack of basic amenities, vent their ire by boycotting the Lok Sabha polls. The efforts of various officials to convince them proved futile.

Polling booth number 217 comes under Hosahalli and Hosahalli Mole villages. While residents of Hosahalli exercised their franchise, none from Hosahalli Mole visited the booth for voting. There are 120 families in the village and a majority of them belong to Uppara community, which is said to be economically weaker.

The villagers complained that there are no bus facilities, hospitals and UGD. Recently the villagers suffered from diarrhoea and there was no transportaion available owing to bad roads.

They had literally carried the patients to the district hospital a few kilometers away and ironically found no doctors in the hospital. Hence they decided to abstain from voting as a mark of protest, they claimed. They had even boycotted the last Assembly polls and withdrew after being assured by MLA Dr H C Mahadevappa.

As no steps were taken even after a year, the residents decided to boycott the LS polls. Residents of Kenchanahalli, under Hosa Agrahara hobli, threatened to boycott the election on Thursday, pointing out that no basic amenity was available in their village.

The officials deputed to booth number 13 in the village, under Mandya Lok Sabha constituency, had made all arrangements for the conduct of the election at 7 am itself.

However, nobody turned up to vote till 10.30 am. So, the officials went to find out what was wrong. When they learnt that the villagers had abstained from exercising their franchise as a mark of protest, the issue was brought to the notice of K R Nagar Tahsildar. The Tahsildar’s attempts to convince them failed. Finally, Congress leader Doddaswamy Gowda arrived and urged the villagers to cast their votes. So, 566 voters of the village agreed to vote.

Residents of Kurubaradoddi, in Maddur taluk, Mandya district, staged a protest demonstration and boycotted the election for three hours, on Thursday, alleging that Kestur Police Sub-Inspector Lakshminarayan assaulted the voters, including a relative of former MLA Mahesh Chand and a young woman. Police rushed to the spot and pacified the agitators. Polling resumed after 4 pm.

The residents of Sunnadadoddi, Maddur taluk, boycotted polls for a while demanding repair of a transformer. Only after being assured of a new transformer, polling resumed.

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