Madhya Pradesh Assembly Polls 2018: No road, No vote, say villagers in Morena

Morena: Fed up with a 2-km mudspattered road, nearly 1,500 residents in Roriya-ka-pura village and its adjoining hamlets in Ambah tehsil have decided to boycott the upcoming Assembly elections. For the villagers, the road is very important because it connects the area with the highway.

Besides launching an agitation,– Sadak nahi to vote nahi (no road, no votes) – they imposed a ban on the entry of candidates for campaigning. When the poll officials came to know of it, they decided to send a team to the village to talk the angry villagers into casting their votes. Sixty-two years have passed since MP got the status of a state, and soil was laid on the road 20 years ago to construct the road, but till today, the government has not done anything to construct a metal road, they told Free Press.

They said the government had assured them of constructing a metal road in the last election, too, but the officials and the politicians reneged on their promise. Villagers wrote several applications to the officials and informed them about the problems they are facing in the absence of a metal road, but they turned a blind eye to it, the villagers said. The road turns into a mud pool during the rainy season, and it remains so for four months, and the residents cannot take patients or pregnant women to hospital, they said.

Apart from that, commuters meet with accidents at the time crossing the two-km muddy road during the rainy season. After the election, the people’s representatives neither visit the village nor make any efforts to construct a metal road to help the villagers, they said. The district administration set up a team which will visit the area in a day or two to talk them into casting their votes.

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