Zero polling at two vil­lages in Ajmer and Jhun­jhunu

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Rajasthan - HT cor­re­spon­dent [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

Miffed with poll prom­ises not ful­filled over the last five years, peo­ple of two vil­lages in Ajmer and Jhun­jhunu did not cast their votes on Fri­day. There was zero polling in Jait­pura vil­lage in Ajmer dis­trict and Ku­tubpura vil­lage in Jhun­jhunu dis­trict.

Dis­ap­pointed with poll prom­ises of bet­ter roads, good qual­ity elec­tric­ity and proper drainage sys­tem in their vil­lage, that re­mained un­ful­filled, res­i­dents of Jait­pura vil­lage un­der Ma­suda block of the Ajmer dis­trict did not cast their votes in assem­bly elec­tion held on Fri­day.

Not a sin­gle voter of the vil­lage turned up at booth num­ber 280 (the only booth in the vil­lage) till 5 PM when the polling time ended. A to­tal of 1,140 vot­ers are reg­is­tered at the booth.

Ajmer dis­trict elec­tion of­fi­cer Aarti Do­gra said, “At Jait­pura vil­lage, only three per­sons cast their votes and the rest of them boy­cotted.”

Lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion and Congress can­di­date from Ma­suda, Rakesh Pa­reek, made ef­forts to con­vince the vil­lagers to cast their votes but to no avail. Pa­reek even promised that if he was elected he would sort out the vil­lage problems within a month’s time.

“We did not vote this time as the gov­ern­ment and lo­cal MLA did not do any­thing to im­prove the dis­mal con­di­tion of wa­ter and power sup­ply in the vil­lage,” said Rupa Ram, a vil­lager.

Sim­i­larly, vil­lagers of Ku­tubpura vil­lage in Jhun­jhunu dis­trict boy­cotted the elec­tions.

Jhun­jhunu dis­trict elec­tion of­fi­cer Di­nesh Ku­mar Ya­dav said, “There are 1,900 vot­ers in Ku­tubpura vil­lage and no one voted de­spite hav­ing tried to per­suade them. They have boy­cotted the polls over the is­sue of a poul­try farm that they claim causes pol­lu­tion. Ear­lier too, these vil­lagers had launched ag­i­ta­tion on the same is­sue. Ac­tion is be­ing taken against the poul­try farm as per law, but they want re­sult overnight, which is not pos­si­ble.”

There are two booths in the vil­lage which wit­nessed zero voter turnout on Fri­day.

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