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Vote crisis in water woes

Mihijam (Jamtara), March 22: Anita Roy, the wife of an employee working with Chittaranjan railway locomotive, travels to her father’s house in Asansol every summer along with her siblings.

More than family love, a severe water crisis drives her away from her husband’s quarters.

“During summer, the water level falls and we have to purchase one bucket of drinking water for Rs 10-15 and water for other use for Rs 9-11 per bucket,” said Rakhi Sharma, a resident of Aambagan in ward 8 under Mihijam Notified Area.

Though more than 1,261 voters will exercise their voting rights during the civic polls, they believe choosing candidates will be of little help.

Five women contestants for the post of ward councillor in ward 1 (reserved for female candidates) have also started facing acute problems while convincing voters. “If there is no basic infrastructure, how can a candidate take voters into her confidence?” asked Sabita Tuddu, a final-year student of graduation from Ignou, who jumped into the poll fray.

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