‘No Road, No Vote’: Locals in MP’s Machera Want Written Assurance
Locals of Machera told The Quint that often they had to take pregnant women to hospitals on a makeshift stretcher.
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You must have heard Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s tall claims that the roads in his state are way better than those in the United States of America. But when The Quint reached Machera village in Chhindwara district, we found that it was a totally different story.
Even after 70 years of independence, the village doesn’t have proper road connectivity, schools or hospitals. Locals told The Quint that they were forced to carry pregnant women to hospitals, quite often, on a makeshift stretcher.
“Even after 70 years of independence, we are deprived of basic amenities. Due to lack of proper roads, ambulances are unable to reach us on time. Women who are pregnant or seriously ill have to be carried on a makeshift stretcher.”Eshwar, Resident (Machera village)
“You can see how troubled we are. There are no roads, hospitals or schools. Many people died en route to school. For how long will we bear the brunt of these issues?”Sukhbati, Resident (Machera village)
Locals Miffed with Congress MP Kamal Nath
The locals are also not very pleased with eight-time Lok Sabha MP from Chhindwara and senior Congress leader Kamal Nath.
“When Kamal Nath came here he said: ‘Your village will shine like my helicopter does.’ He further added that next time he would come to the village via road, not air.”Chungilal, Resident (Machera village)
The promise that Chungilal mentions was made by Kamal Nath in 2001 when he visited the village on a helicopter. It has been 17 years and yet his constituents in Machera are waiting for the roads.
Voters Want a Written Assurance
Feeling cheated by both BJP and the Congress, the voters in Machera are raising the slogan: ‘No Road, No Vote.’
This slogan has become a headache for administration and politicians alike. The administration is trying very hard to convince them but it doesn’t seem likely that the villagers will change their mood unless they are provided with a written assurance.
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