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Five Haryana villages boycott elections
As the Lok Sabha elections in Haryana are on a role, people are making up their minds to vote for the candidates that suits best in their eye whereas five villages in Haryana have opted not to vote this time.
The Reliance India Limited acquired several hundred acres of land for setting up of a Special Economic Zone leaving hundreds of villagers landless. Since many hundred families were affected due to land acquisition, the villagers are yet to make up their mind on whether to exercise their franchise or not.

As was reported by the Hindu, Kamal Singh, whose 38 acres were acquired said, ''The process of land acquisition was initiated by the Chautala government and completed by the Hooda government. So who should we vote for? We cannot even vote for Bharatiya Janata Party?s Rao Inderjit Singh, who was in the Congress till weeks before the election and did nothing to help us while being our Member of Parliament. And voting for Aam Aadmi Party is sheer wastage. We have, therefore, decided at a panchayat meeting to boycott the election''.

The Haryana Goernment in 2006 acquired 1,300 acres belonging to the villagers of Gharoli Khurd, Harsaru, Mohammadpur, Khandsa and Narsinghpur respectively, for setting up SEZ and handed it over to Reliance.

Ram Kumar, a former panchayat member from Gharoli Khurd said that ''land acquisition has rendered many jobless. However, from all the villages, Gharoli Khurd endured the most as RIL is constructing a seven-foot wall around the village cutting it off from the neighboring villages.'' Kumar also said ''Neither did we get enough compensation nor the promised jobs. Now that SEZ project has been shelved and the land returned by Reliance, we do not even get the annual royalty. Even landless families who earlier reared cattle have lost their livelihood. Our village is worst affected with a boundary wall around it and foul-smelling drains flowing on both sides.''

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