Malda, 7 July: Two hundred erosion victim families dwelling on the embankment at Debipur in the Ratua I block have decided to boycott the panchayat polls ‘in protest against the fake promises made by the political parties to rehabilitate them.’
Both the CPI-M and the Trinamul Congress blamed the Congress-run gram panchayat for neglecting the demand of those families.
The members of those families like Mr Murtuza Sheikh, Mr Mohammed Sahabuddin and others said that since their houses were eroded by the river Fulohar two years ago, they were compelled to take refuge under a temporary shelter on the Debipur embankment.
"We were promised rehabilitation as well as issuance of fresh ration card, voter&’s card and other essential documents by the political leaders," one of the members said.
"But nothing has been done for us yet and political parties have started visiting us with old promises in a new fashion which, we are sure, would be forgotten right after the polls," said another of the aggrieved local.
They claimed that they would abstain from casting votes in the ensuing panchayat polls if their rehabilitation is not ensured before the election. sns