The slogan of - No Road No Vote - is nothing new in India, but it is for the first time such War Cry has been sounded by over 800 voters of the remote village of Huroi in East Jaintia Hills District, a village located along the international Indo-Bangla border. The villagers have unanimously decided to boycott the 2018 state elections on ground of “no road no vote” as a mark of protest against the apathetic attitude of the state government towards the region.
According to village secretary Poly Pohlong, the decision was taken at a meeting convened by the Dorbar executive committee of Huroi, held recently to discuss on the problems faced by the people despite representations submitted on many occasions. A memorandum on this regard was also submitted to the Deputy Commissioner of East Jaintia Hills District, who is also the District Election Officer on August 28, 2017.
The aggrieved villages have also suggested that the General Election should be held during monsoon season, than only the government can understand the hardship they have been facing for years.