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Jun 20, 2007 at 02:32pm IST

Bachelor village flaunts vote power

Roranwala, Amritsar: Whether special economic zones are good for Punjab? What’s the government doing to curb inflation? Voters are debating many such questions in the state. But in Roranwala village the voters want to know who will get them brides.

Roranwala is near the India-Pakistan border. It has green fields, cattle, beautiful sceneries and lots of unmarried men. “We can't get married because our lands lie beyond the fenced border. The government doesn't give us enough time to till our land. We are educated but we can't sell our lands and leave. We will vote for someone who's ready to solve this problem,” says Lakhwinder Singh.

The bachelors have clearly told political parties: help us get married and get our votes. “No doubt about it. All of us will blindly vote for anyone who can solve this problem,” says Baldev Singh.

Politicians sympathise with the bachelors. “It's a real problem. I will speak to the Defence Ministry about it. At least, these men should be paid compensation,” says Congress MP Surinder Singla, who is a candidate in the Assembly elections.

The Indo-Pak border gives other problems too. “Banks are not ready to give us loans, as our land is divided. Electricity and water are a problem too,” says a farmer.

The village’s men say they want the joy of family life and politicians who bring them that will get their votes.

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