‘No road, no vote’ reads ban­ners put up by ag­grieved res­i­dents in Kota colony

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Htrajasthan - Aab­shar H Quazi htraj@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NE­GLECT Af­ter win­ning the last elec­tion, the MLA and cor­po­ra­tor have not vis­ited the lo­cal­ity KOTA:Tired

of the apa­thy of pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives, res­i­dents of a colony in Kota have put up ban­ners, which said that they won’t vote for the lo­cal BJP MLA and BJP cor­po­ra­tor in the next as­sem­bly polls.

The res­i­dents al­leged that af­ter win­ning the last elec­tion, the MLA and cor­po­ra­tor have not both­ered to visit the lo­cal­ity even once.

Two ban­ners, which have been put up at Nam­rata Aawas colony, read, “Road nahi to vote nahi...Bha­jpa (BJP) ke par­shad aur vid­hayak jeetne ke baad ya­han kabhi nahi aaye...to vote maan­gane bhi nahi aaye (No road, no vote... The BJP cor­po­ra­tor and MLA have never come here af­ter win­ning elec­tions, so they shouldn’t come now ask­ing for votes).”

The ban­ner has been put up by the as­so­ci­a­tion of res­i­dents, Nam­rata Aawas Sang­harsh Samiti.

When con­tacted the Sang­harsh Samiti mem­bers, on the con­di­tion of anonymity, ad­mit­ted that they had put up the ban­ners.

They have re­fused to re­veal their names fear­ing back­lash from politi­cians.

The mem­bers said that there are no roads or drains in the lo­cal­ity and res­i­dents are fac­ing problems com­mut­ing.

Also, there are huge pot­holes on the roads.

“They came to the lo­cal­ity be­fore the last as­sem­bly and mu­nic­i­pal polls but af­ter that, the MLA and cor­po­ra­tor have not come back to solve our problems, so the samiti has put up the ban­ners,” said a samiti mem­ber.

The samiti’s al­le­ga­tions were con­firmed by other res­i­dents of the lo­cal­ity.

“The colony roads be­come muddy as there are no proper roads and drains,” said a res­i­dent, Har­iom Verma (22).

When HT’s re­porter vis­ited the colony, he saw that the roads ex­ist only par­tially, some ar­eas have roads while some don’t.

The re­gional BJP MLA from the lo­cal­ity Bhawani Singh Ra­jawat, has won thrice from Lad­pura (Kota), while Durgesh Ku­mari is the cor­po­ra­tor from mu­nic­i­pal ward num­ber 61.

Talk­ing about the al­le­ga­tions, Ra­jawat said that it’s a de­vel­op­ing colony and de­vel­op­ment works are car­ried on ac­cord­ing to the avail­abil­ity of funds.

Work will be done when the bud­get is avail­able.

Re­fut­ing al­le­ga­tions that she had not vis­ited the colony even once af­ter win­ning the mu­nic­i­pal polls in 2014, Durgesh Ku­mari, said, “De­vel­op­ment of the en­tire mu­nic­i­pal ward or a colony is not pos­si­ble at a time, but of­fi­cial es­ti­mates for road construction have been sub­mit­ted to the Ur­ban Im­prove­ment Trust (UIT) Kota.”

She added that she will make ef­forts to com­plete road construction be­fore the end of her ten­ure.

A.H.ZAIDI/HT PHOTO

Ban­ners put up by res­i­dents of Nam­rata Aawas.

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