Four villages to boycott Gram Panchayat polls in Javagal taluk

The residents of four villages — Kolagundha, Arakere, Handralu and Nerlinge — in Javagal taluk, Hassan district, have decided to boycott the forthcoming Grama Panchayat polls.

The residents of these villages are firm on their decision of not participating in the polls till the authorities concerned release water into the canals under Karagada Irrigation project.

They are also supported by Kedige mutt seer Jayachandrashekara Swami.

Last day
With Monday being the last day to file the nomination papers, no one from these villages filed the papers. In all, three persons, who had filed their papers earlier withdrew, leaving none in the fray in the four GPs.

Officer’s visit
Assistant Commissioner Vijaya E Ravi visited Nerlinge on Monday, in an effort to pacify the villagers and explain the importance of participation in polls, but in vain.

Vijaya interacted with the residents and explained that boycotting the polls would not help them in any way and it is their right to exercise their franchise.

But, the villagers were adamant that they would not cast their votes till water is released into the canals.

The villagers explained that the farmlands have turned dry due to insufficient rains and the underground water table has depleted to 800 ft, posing a threat to the people and their livestock.

Vijaya inspected the polling booths at Nagenahalli, Kabborhalli, Dyamenahalli and other villages.

She directed the authorities concerned to supply water through tankers to some of the areas facing crisis.
DH News Service

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