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9000 voters boycott polls in Hooda’s Rohtak over a dispute
A large number of voters belonging to Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s home turf Rohtak, on Thursday boycotted polling following a dispute with the residents of neighbouring village Bhakli.
The dispute was primarily over naming a Railway Overbridge (ROB) and a Kisan Bhawan in the area.
Around 9000 voters of Kosli village in Rohtak parliamentary constituency did not cast their votes.
“The entire village is united on this decision. We took a pledge on April 6 not to cast our votes. We stuck to our decision today and none of the villagers cast his or her vote. There are over 9000 voters in Kosli and we shall not cast our votes”, said Col (retd.) Vijay Kaushal, who is spearheading the Kosli village protest.
In all, there are 2,07,550 registered voters in Kosli assembly segment.
Rohtak parliamentary constituency is being represented by Hooda’s son Deepender Hooda who is again contesting from the same constituency in the General Elections 2014.
The dispute between the two villages dates back to July, 2013 when the Haryana government announced construction of a ROB and a Kisan Bhawan in the area. The incumbent MP, Deepender Hooda, had announced on January 6 that the Kisan Bhawan and ROB shall be named after Bhakli village that infuriated the Kosli residents who lodged a protest. The inauguration scheduled for January 9 by Deepender had to be cancelled because of the protests by Kosli residents.
However, amidst all the tensions between the two villagers, the district administration’s head Deputy Commissioner of Rohtak inaugurated the Kisan Bhawan on March 3 and named it after Bhakli village. On March 5, the Kosli villagers learnt about the clandestine inauguration and protested against the district administration and state government.
On March 5, a fierce clash took place between the residents of Kosli and Bhakli village residents. In the four hour long clash, a Kosli village resident Mahavir Singh died. The death of a Kosli village resident further infuriated the villagers who blocked the roads and protested against the state government. As many as 16 residents of village Bhakli were booked on charges of murder. However, no arrests were made by the police.
The Kosli villag9000 voters bocott polls in Hooda’s Rohtak over a dispute