At the entrance point into Karjah, Aima and Katrai villages, around 30 kilometers from Gorakhpur district head office, displays a banner banning the approach of politicians asking for votes. Situated under Bansgaon Tehsil and advancing to the polls on 19th May, the rural people have decided to spurn the polls because of the government’s resolution to reroute the Rapti river stream flowing from their villages. They anticipate that the diversion will dangerously affect over a thousand civilians residing in these four villages. Letters to the district management and the chief minister triggered no reaction.
The former village head of Karjah, Om prakash Shukla said that we know elections is the massive festival in any republic and this is the time to elevate our voices against the things being done against us. Om Prakash even guided a Jal Satyagraha against the reroute scheme. That same desire saw voters in states for example Assam, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh reluctant to vote in the four stages of polls. The causes varied from lack of primary facilities to poor implementation of plans and Pollution.
Public boycott the elections in order to grab the attention of the government as they think that voting is crucially connected with the development projects. This is the best alternative to have a dialogue with the government. NOTA was developed to bring the civilians to the voting booths even if they don’t want to vote for any contender. But NOTA is required to given more teeth to make it a beneficial possibility to remove the idea of boycotts.