VJAS wants LS eletions deferred by six months
The Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti(VJAS) which is spearheading a movement to protect farmers’s rights in the region has said the elections process will hit farmers and the rural public reeling under the drought like situation in most parts of Marathwada.
VJAS has written to the chief election commissioner that elections in the nine pre-dominantly rural Lok Sabha constituencies of Vidarbha and six of Marathwada be postponed till September by when fresh monsoon may bring some respite.
“Right now when there is a major shortage of drinking water in the villages and fodder for cattle, the district administration has no time and energy to look into these urgent life and death problems of the people. The administration is busy in election work, ” said VJAS chief Kishore Tiwari.
He pointed out that the drought like situation is already leading to large scale migration from villages with farmers and labourers looking for work. “It will be a mockery of elections if only 10 to 15 percent people turn up for voting as the rest will not be in a position to exercise their franchise,” said Tiwari. He has requested the EC to defer the elections in these areas by six months.