Gone are the days when the aam aadmi used to beg for appointments from politicos for hearing out their grievances hoping that one day it would be resolved. Ahead of election season, the public in Telangana has started adopting unique measures to ensure that their voice is heard--loud and clear. Take this for example.
Residents of Hasakothur village in Kammarpally mandal of Nizamabad district have unitedly taken a pledge to ban their MLA from entering the village until he addresses their concerns. The politico in question is Balkonda constituency MLA Prashanth Reddy who won on a TRS ticket in 2014.
The villagers gathered at the centre of the town on Tuesday, October 2, to discuss an impending issue of fixing a major pipeline of the Choutupally Hanmanth Reddy Lift Irrigation scheme. Over the last six months, the villagers had sent in several representations to authorities but failed to elicit a response. The leaking pipeline became a bone of contention between Hasakothur and Choutupally villages as they were sharing water for irrigation and drinking purposes.
In a resolution passed by the villagers on Tuesday, it was decided that the MLA Prashanth Reddy will not be allowed entry into the village. Locals also took a pledge that if their problems are not resolved before the impending elections in the state, the entire village will abstain from voting. The Panchayat also directed villagers to not attend any of the rallies of the caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.
This is not the first time that villagers in the state have employed unique methods to ensure their voices are heard. In September 2018, villagers blocked Telangana Panchayat Raj Minister Jupally Krishna Rao's convoy in Mahbubnagar district to demand water for their village.
All protesters blocked the highway for over half an hour They said they hadn't received drinking water for over three months. The minister was forced to get on top of his convoy and address the seething crowd. It was only after his assurance that their drinking water needs would be resolved in three days, did the people allow the minister to leave. It was only after the minister stood on top of the convoy and assured to resolve the water crisis in 2 days did the villagers cleared his pathway.
Such unique protests haven't been confined to villages across Telangana alone. Earlier this week, techies from Ameenpur area in Hyderabad, launched a 'No Road, No Vote' campaign. They stood over potholes and raised slogans, urging people to desist from voting in the upcoming elections in the state until their demand for basic infrastructure is fulfilled.