Kakaut villagers boycott election
About 3600 voters of Kakaut village falling in Kalayat assembly segment of Kaithal district in Kurukshetra parliamentary constituency boycotted the election today to protest against non acceptance of their long standing demands. Only 16 voters had cast their votes till this evening.
The District Election officer cum Deputy commissioner N K Solanki and SP Kuldeep Singh Yadav reached the village today morning when they learnt about boycott. But their pleas and assurances could not change voter's mind.
Later MP Naveen Jindal Congress party's Lok Sabha candidate who reached the village this after noon failed to persuade the villagers to participate in the election process. The villagers refused to accept any oral assurance and insisted that their demands should be accepted in writing on the spot and only then they would participate in the election.
Kakaut which is about 10 km from Kaithal Town on a link road 1 km from main Karnal-Kaithal road was earlier part of Pai assembly segment(since disbanded) and was included in the Kalayat assembly segment during the last delimitation process. The Kakaut residents demand that their village should be included in Kaithal assembly segment and not in Kalayat which is above 40 km from their village. Their second demand relates to revenue department and they want that their village be included in Kaithal Kanungo circle and not with Jakholi as at present. They want their village should be under jurisdiction of Kaithal Sadar police station and not under Titram police post.
They also demanded that the proposal to attach their village with Kalayat Sub Tehsil be dropped and they should remain attached with Kaithal Tehsil.
The villagers were so agitated that Mr Jindal who urged them to participate in election and cast their vote to any candidate of their choice had to face hooting by village youth. Not only this some village youths burnt effigy of a former sarpanch for casting his vote.
They also put up a notice board on a wall and wrote names of 15 others who voted against the wishes of those who boycotted the voting.
Number of villagers said that they had met district officials in the past years and raised all these issues but no one listened to them.
(Posted on 10-04-2014)