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MP: Migrant workers' political dreams lie shattered

The Times of India, India, 29 December 2021 - With the scheduled panchayat elections in Madhya Pradesh likely to be cancelled, dreams of many migrant labourers in Bundelkhand have been shattered. Many of them had left their jobs to contest the polls. One of them would have been elected unopposed as there was only one nomination from the village. Another labourer who had quit his job of chowkidar in Mumbai and returned back to his native village in Chhatarpur district hoping to embark on a political journey had started campaigning. He had already spent Rs one lakh when he learnt that the government was not interested in holding elections.

Traveling back home from as far as Jammu and Mumbai, large number of labourers had returned either to cast their votes or to contest polls. This was an opportunity for them to do big things in life, said one of the labourer with interest in politics and "desire to do something good for the community".

Kalloo Ahirwar had almost made it as a sarpanch. Resident of Dhamora panchayat in Chhatarpur Janpad, he had returned from Jammu where he worked as a mason. Kalloo was the only person who had filed his nomination paper and would have been declared elected unopposed had the election process continued. But as luck would have it, he said, he would have to go back and work as a mason, thanks to the "mess created by the state government," he told TOI. Elections were scheduled on January 6 in Chattarpur Janpad panchayat.Likewise, Ramashraya Yadav, an OBC who worked as a chowkidar in Mumbai, had spent Rs one lakh in his panchayat Chatghori in Luvkushnagar tehsil. Like a politician, he had started helping out villagers for medical emergencies. He had also organized small feasts for the villagers.



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