Four villages in Valsad boycott elections

Written by Express news service | Surat | Updated: May 1 2014, 21:38pm hrs
Four villages in south Gujarat boycotted the election process as their farming land falls in the Par Tapi Narmada river-linking project of the state government. Sources said that due to the Par Tapi Narmada river-linking project of the Gujarat government, the tribals of Navsari, Valsad and the Dangs had to loose their homes and agricultural lands. The voters of four villages Chasmandva, Khadki, Jagiri and Chaura of Dharampur taluka in Valsad abstained from voting. Both Congress and BJP leaders, along with their candidates, as well as EC officials rushed to these villages to convince them to use their right of voting, but to no avail. Sources said that Sarvoday Trust, run by Sujata Shah of Tindvad village of Dharampur taluka, supported the agitation of tribal people who do not not want to give their agricultural land for the river-linking project. She urged the villagers to keep themselves away from voting. Valsad district collector Vikrant Pandey said, We tried our level best to convince the voters by sending our electoral officers, but they

remained firm on their own decision.

The union territories like Dadra Nagar and Haveli recorded 85 per cent (76 per cent in 2009), breaking all old record and Daman And Diu recorded 81 per cent (68 per cent in 2009).