Displaced farmers in Maharashtra to boycott polls

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Paithan (Maharashtra), Apr 10 (ANI): Farmers in Maharashtra, displaced by Jaikwadi Dam, have decided to boycott the polls, as they are yet to receive their dues.

Residents of about 118 villages displaced by Jaikwadi Dam, 50 kilometers from Aurangabad, have been long demanding their dues from the authorities but without any success.

The residents, mostly farmers, have decided to boycott polls this time to press the political parties in the state to give in to their demands.

"There are about 2.5 to 3 lakhs voters in these 5 taluka (blocks) who have been displaced because of this dam. Unless our demands are met, we are not going to participate in this poll," said Sunil Sarje, one of the farmers.

Jaikwadi Dam, built on river Godavari, supplies water to Aurangabad and generates power. By Abdul Hadi (ANI)

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