Fighting Injustice in Polepally SEZ

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Polepally victims to voice plight at New Delhi

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Fifteen villagers contest as independent candidates for Mahabubnagar Lok Sabha seat

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Photo: P. V. Sivakumar

Registering protest: Pollepally SEZ victims who contested as independent candidates engaged in discussion after polling at Jadcherla. –

POLEPALLY (Mahabubnagar Dt): Victims of Polepally Special Economic Zone whose lands were acquired at low prices for setting up a pharmaceutical SEZ in Jadcherla constituency of Mahbubnagar district are planning to go to New Delhi on the day the new government is be sworn in.

The victims already drew national attention by fielding 15 among them as independent candidates for Mahabubnagar Lok Sabha seat, making it probably the only constituency with so many independents in the first phase. And, they want to make the new Prime Minister realise their plight and ‘do something to remedy the loss incurred with no fault of theirs’.

The 350-odd families voted en masse for their candidates but, casting 2,400 votes on the electronic voting machines was not an easy affair for villagers, mostly illiterate.

New to EVMs

Troubled as they were to identify their candidates’ names in the EVMs, the victims were, however, committed to continue their struggle as assurances given to them like permanent jobs and house sites are hard to come by. “It is not just our vote.

People from neighbouring villages also voted for us and this vote is all set to tilt the balance,” G. Ravindra Goud, one of the contestants said.

What about the choice of the villagers as the election was held simultaneously to Jadcherla Assembly segment? “They may have different affiliations, but our people we firmly believe have not voted for the party which created so much of trouble for us,” B. Lakshmamma and Rangavva, two other candidates said hinting at the trouble in store for Congress candidate Mallu Ravi in the fray.

Courtesy: Hindu

URL: http://www.hindu.com/2009/04/19/stories/2009041954160400.htm

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Written by dilkibaatein

April 19, 2009 at 11:19 am

Posted in English, News Archive

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