Residents of five villages,irrespective of their castes,have united to boycott the Assembly polls to protest lack of development in their areas.
Voting on caste lines is usually said to overshadow voting for development in Uttar Pradesh,but Sahvajpur village part of Ghatampur Assembly segment of Kanpur boycotted voting during the fifth phase of polling in the state and proved otherwise.
Sahvajpur,a village with 534 voters,has a diverse caste complexion
consisting of Kurmis,Yadavs,Nishads,Ahirwars,Koris. But none of them voted during polling on February 23.
A resident,Ravindra Kumar,said the village had largely supported Congress nominee Rajaram Pal in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections,but he did not show up after winning.
Manikpur Bhikan is just 7 km from Etawah,but its residents do not have electricity. All the surrounding villages have electricity but our village is still dark because it has no political representation, said Harisharan Dubey,a lawyer. Manikpur Bhikan,which has 434 voters,is populated by Yadavs,Shakyas,and scheduled castes but none of them voted.
Mahendra Singh Rajput is the sitting MLA from Etawah. In 2007,Rajput won the election as SP nominee,this time he is a BSP nominee.
Jamalpur villages 1,900 voters boycotted the poll as they were not given land compensation by the government. About 100 acres was acquired for constructing a dam on Shahzad river in the 1980s but the compensation money has not reached the villagers, said Sumer Singh Parmar,whose 2.5 acres was also acquired.
Beri village in Hamirpur constituency has no connecting pucca road. The village of about 3,300 voters did not see a single vote being cast. The villagers are demanding a 14 km pucca road connecting with Hamirpur-Kalpi road.
Inhabited by Thakurs,Brahmins and scheduled castes,Beri falls in the parliamentary constituency of BSPs Vijay Bahadur Singh.