Darupisa villagers decide to boycott elections

Residents of a village in Jashpur district has decided to boycott the Lok Sabha polls to protest unavailability of basic amities in the village.

The residents of Darupisa village under Dokda panchayat have put up a banner announcing their decision.

The village is a part of the Kunkuri assembly segment of the Raigarh (ST) Lok Sabha seat which will go to poll on April 23.

“Public representatives have never paid heed to our long-pending demands for a connecting road and water facilities. Due to this apathy, we don’t have access to education and health facilities,” said Alex Toppo, a resident of the village.

“While campaigning for last year’s Assembly polls, politicians had promised to look into our demands. But they forgot about it once the elections were over,” Toppo alleged. “Tired of hollow promises, the villagers have decided to boycott Lok Sabha polls.”

“As no development works have been done in our village, we have decided to boycott the election. We the villagers are embarrassed that we could not make a road for politicians. Meet us in next election,” a banner displayed outside the village proclaimed sarcastically.

Kunkuri Congress MLA UD Minj said the village would get basic facilities after the Lok Sabha polls are over. He cited the model code of conduct that has been enforced since March 10, for not able to provide the facilities. “We will talk to villagers. Since the model code of conduct is in place, the issue of road and drinking water will be addressed after the Lok Sabha polls are over,” Minj claimed.