To Protest Against Water Woes, Residents of nearly 12 villages have decided to boycott the upcoming Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha by-polls, after failing to get a response over their demand for proper irrigation facilities. The local organization ‘Bawanthadi Prakalp Sangharsh Samiti’ passed the resolution at Gram Sabha regarding boycotting every election including Bhandara-Gondia by-poll scheduled on May 28.
According to News Central, The Samiti’s Vice President, Sharad Khobragade, said the 12 villages, having a total population of nearly 30,000, were facing problems due to lack of proper water supply for irrigation and drinking purposes.
Gondia District Collector Abhimanyu Kale, who is temporarily also holding the additional charge of Bhandara, told PTI that the administration will positively look into the demand of villagers.
The by-election to Gondia-Bhandara Lok Sabha seat was necessitated after Nana Patole quit as the BJP MP and resigned from the ruling party to return to the Congress.
There are total 18 candidates in the fray, but a direct contest is likely between the BJP’s Hemant Patle and the NCP’s Madhukarrao Kukde, a former BJP legislator from the Tumsar Assembly seat.
Gondia (also spelled Gondiya) is a city in the state of Maharashtra in Central India which serves as the administrative headquarters of the eponymous administrative district. Gondia is also known as “Rice City” due to the abundance of rice mills in the area.
Bhandara–Gondia Lok Sabha constituency is one of the 48 Lok Sabha (parliamentary) constituencies of Maharashtra state in western India. This constituency came into existence in 2008 as a part of the implementation of the Presidential notification on the delimitation of parliamentary constituencies, based on the recommendations of the Delimitation Commission of India constituted in 2002 and Bhandara (Lok Sabha constituency) ceased to exist. Three of its assembly segments are in Bhandara district, while the other three are in Gondia district.