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32 villages in MP to boycott Lok Sabha polls

April 13, 2009 15:03 IST

More than 30,000 voters in as many as 32 villages of this district in Madhya Pradesh have decided to boycott the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, after these areas allegedly submerged in the waters of the Pench river thermal power project near Chhindwara.

"People of 32 villages have come under submersion in the waters of Pench Project have decided to boycott the polls and we are going to take a pledge in this regard on Tuesday at Ravindra Bhawan in Bhopal," Kisan Sangarsh Samiti leader Aradhana Bhargava told PTI.

Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar, among others will also be present at the poll boycott pledge taking ceremony in Bhopal, Bhargava said.

Congress nominee and Union Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath is seeking re-election from Chhindwara parliamentary seat on April 23. Also, the displaced lot of the catchment areas, are not letting the politicians enter their villages for campaigning, Bhargava added.

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