Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 10:
Conventional wisdom suggests that the people of Odisha are overtaken by gratitude for the splendid work that the Naveen Patnaik government has done for them in the last 14 years. But that is not quite the way voters in the Chief Minister’s own constituency, Hinjli, see things.
More than 500 voters in Chikili village under the Hinjli Assembly constituency boycotted the polls on Thursday in protest against the complete lack of development in the village.
Local officials confirmed that the people of Chikili have indeed boycotted the elections.
“We hear so much about 108 ambulance, but have never seen one in the village because it does not have a proper road. The Janani Express too is out of bounds for us for the same reason,” a villager told a local television channel.
“Though we have drawn the administration’s attention several times demanding construction of a road, nothing has been done,” said another villager.
About 4,200 voters of five booths in the tribal dominated Tumudibandh and Raikia blocks of Kandhamal district also boycotted the vote today protesting apathy to their villages.
Voters belonging to booth no. 135 (Padunabadi) and 136 (Dindrabadi) in Raikia block, 116 (Barangali), 117 (Bhadrangi) and 129 (Lankagada) in Tumudibandh did not cast their votes, confirmed Kandhamal collector N Thirumala Naik.
The people of these villages had demanded construction of a road as the area remains cut off for four months during the monsoons.