BSP factor devastating marital life in Bundelkhand

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Tikamgarh, MP, July 1 (UNI) After impacting the political equations in Madhya Pradesh, the much trumpetted BSP factor is playing havoc with the lives of many youngsters as they are being deserted by their wives for lack of basic facilities.

''Bijli- Sadak-Pani'' were considered the crucial issues that changed the political fortunes of BJP in the 2003 election ousting Congress after a decade in power.

Again the same issues are dooming the family life of many with about a dozen women deserting their men in a small village alone in Bundelkhand region's Tikamgarh district.

At Digora village, inhabited mainly by tribals and ''Dheemar'' fishermen community in 95 houses with a total population of 550, desertions by about a dozen women were considered on a higher scale in recent years.

Shankar Raikwar (23), who married twice, was still living in constant worry as his first wife Kallubai had abandoned him as his village did not have electricity and road facilities. He was still apprehensive of his second wife Kashibai also as basic amenities still lacked. Drinking water problem is perennial.

Similarly, Kallu Kewat's wife also left him. Though remarried, he was still living under fear about the changing mood of his new bride in the absence of power and roads.

''There are no roads or other development works in the village'', Sarpanch Tutubai Balmiki said, adding that many proposals had been sent to the Electricity Board and administration but to no avail.

Central East Distribution Company Divisional Engineer V K Singh said at least Rs 10 lakh was needed to electrify Digora village but the company could not start work without government sanction.

''There are about 50 such villages which are having no electricity supply,'' he said.

Baldevgarh Janpad Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Fateh Singh Shrivastav said despite reminders, the officer concerned was yet to prepare the estimate for road construction. Disciplinary action would be taken against him. It is proposed to construct a link road''. he added.

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