Ajjimutta and Palemadu residents to boycott elections

The residents of Ajjimutta village in Napoklu and Palemadu paisari land in Hoddur gram panchayat limits have warned the government of boycotting assembly elections, if their demands are not fulfilled.

Urging to repair the Napoklu-Ajjimutta road, the villagers of Ajjimutta staged a protest on Monday.

"If the repair of the road is not taken up immediately, the villagers will boycott the upcoming elections," said Sannuvanda Cariappa. He said that the road, which provides a link between Kuruli and Emmemadu is in deplorable condition. Even though the people of the region have been protesting from the last 15 years, the concerned have not taken measures to carry out the patch work.

The road proposal by NABARD at a cost of Rs 50 lakh has not been realised so far. The promise of     developing the road under the Gram Sadak project is also not been materialised.

Villager Areyada Vittal Monnappa said that Ajjimutta village has not seen any progress after independence.

There are 300 families dwelling in the village. The political leaders make assurances during elections and never turn up after results.

Kanganda Pattu Ponnappa, Tirodira Raja Uttaiah, Tirodira Muddappa, Baleyada Jaga Ayyappa and others were present.

Also, urging for basic facilities, the residents of Palemadu paisari land have decided to boycott assembly elections, said Bahujana Karmika Sangha state unit president K Monnappa.

Addressing reporters in Madikeri on Monday, he said that around 260 families are dwelling in the paisari land. Even though they have been fighting for basic facilities from the last 10 years, it has been of no use. The district administration and the revenue department have not responded positively.

There is no need of a polling booth for the village. The electronic voting machine should not be brought to the booth no 265 at Vatekadu school. The Palemadu residents will not cast their vote on the election day and will wear black badge as a mark of protest.

Hoddur gram panchayat vice president Kusumavati said, "The village has acute shortage of drinking water. Also, many families have not been issued title deeds. The row over crematorium and cricket ground has not been solved."

Association district unit secretary Anand was present in the press meet.

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