West Bengal polls: Villagers in Purulia boycott polls due to water scarcity

West Bengal polls: Villagers in Purulia boycott polls due to water scarcity

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On 4 April, as West Bengal kickstarted it's first phase of Assembly polls, around 850 villagers called for a poll boycott in state's Purulia region.

On Sunday, voters from Chiruvita and Pialsol villages had protested in Purulia district, demanding solutions for the water scarcity and poor condition of roads in the area. They shouted slogans and had threatened to boycott the state elections if their demands were not met.

When asked about their problems in detail, a resident Kanika Sen added, "The roads are littered with garbage and there are a lot of potholes. It is hard to ride bicycles and other vehicles. That's why people from our area have gathered."

People in 18 of the 294 constituencies in West Bengal cast their votes today in the first of six phases.

--ANI

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