Nov 3, 2013

Chhattisgarh's Gond tribals have never voted in past 50 years

Chhattisgarh's Gond tribals have never voted in past 50 years - The Times of India http://ow.ly/qrwjs

RAIPUR: Call it the unapproachable interiors, fear from Maoist ambush or the inaccessibility that leads to the hilly terrains of the Maoist heartland, there is a section of people in the hills of Bailadila region in tribal Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, who have not exercised their vote for as long as 50 years.

They are these 20,000 people, who, neither have voter identity cards nor has any electoral candidate ever visited them. Bailadila mines area, which comes under National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC), have richest deposits of iron-ore. The Gond tribals in about 25 villages want to vote and even contacted electoral officers, but they were told that due to the Maoist presence in these remote villages, it wasn't possible to conduct polls.

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