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Rajasthan poll: Development not on agenda for villages in the state


Smita Sharma,CNN-IBN
Nov 19, 2013 at 11:00am IST

Jaisalmer: The bugle for the Battle for Rajasthan which is a straight two-way contest between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been sounded.

While election activities are heating up, days ahead of polling in Rajasthan, women at a remote village, Nathu Ka Kuan, on the outskirts of Jaisalmer, feel that their voices are not being heard by their leaders.

"There is no school, no doctor here. My son is unemployed because he wasn't educated," says an old lady from the vilalge.

Just a few kilometres away from the Indo-Pakistan border, deep in Thar desert, the village lacks the most basic facilities and they feel ignored by every political party. "There are no roads connecting our village, we have to travel great distances on foot," a villager said.

It is not just the roads which are a problem, there seems to be no connectivity of any kind in the village.

"I have a mobile but there are no signals. I have to travel 3-4 km to get any network on my phone," a villager said.

It is ironic that a village which is popular on the world tourist map, has been deprived of even the basic necesitties which make the people feel neglected.

"There are problems of broken roads, open drains among the others. When tourists come in the village the problems increase," says a shopkeeper in Jaiselmer fort.

Even though development is not on the agenda of their leaders, the people of Nathu ka Kuan seem to retain their faith in the democracy as they are are set to travel all the way to Ramgarh to cast their votes on the polling day on December 1.

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