Irked over poor basic amenities, Chikli(U) residents have decided to boycott the elections
BIDAR: Villagers of Chikli (U), which falls under the Aurad Assembly segment in Bidar district, have decided to boycott the Assembly elections, stating “failure” of elected representatives to improve basic amenities.
In a memorandum to State Election Commissioner, Bangalore, submitted to Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta on Tuesday, gram panchayat member Mohammed Ghulam Dastagir said that the people of the village would ill not cast their votes in the coming elections.
The electorate in the village comprises 1,440 people.
Mr. Dastagir said that since Chikli (U) bordered Maharashtra, and was far from both the taluk and district headquarters, it was facing problems such as poor drinking water supply and bad roads.
Mr. Dastagir said that funds had been provided under various schemes for providing basic amenities in the village, but they had been “misused” by elected representatives, in collusion with officials of various departments.
Mr. Dastagir said that the Centre had launched projects to make Chikli (U) a “model village” under the Suvarna Gramodaya scheme. But nothing had been done later, he said.
Several memoranda had been submitted to the taluk and zilla panchayats asking officials to visit the village and take up work, Mr. Dastagir said.
Nothing had been done although problems faced by people in the village had been highlighted by newspapers, he added.