Kolkata, April 17: It doesn't get faster than this in India. Residents of Belia village in Rampurhat constituency in Birbhum district of West Bengal decided to boycott the election on Sunday (April 17) to protest against the power disruption caused by the defective local transformer, a report published in Anandabazaar Patrika said.
They remained so determined not to vote unless the transformer was replaced that local Trinamool Congress (TMC) candidate Ashish Bandyopadhyay rushed to their help. He called up the concerned officials and informed the villagers that the transformer will be replaced before teh sunset on the polling day. But the villagers still remained unmoved and it was only after the machine was replaced around 1 pm that the villagers, 784 of them, reached the local polling booth to cast their ballots.
Earlier during the day, the booth officials and party agents kept on waiting for the voters but didn't see even one of them turning up.
The officials finlly felt relieved as the voters arrived after 1 pm. Their long wait in the intense heat finally paid off.