Poll fails to stop India-bound Nepalis

Nepalgunj, March 17:

Number of Nepalis going to India in search of green pastures has not been decreased though the date of Constituent Assembly election is only 23 days away. Groups of Nepalis from hilly districts of Mid-western region like Salyan, Rukum, Dang, Surkhet, Jajarkot and Kalikot are still seen going to India in search of livelihood.

“We are going to India because there is no enthusiasm for election in village,” Jinga Bir Khadka of Salyan Kotbhaunla-9, said, adding that on top of that nobody suggested us to stay in village for the election.

He was heading to India with a group of nine people. “Others are also going, so do we. We would return only in Tihar,” Khadka said. “We heard very little about the CA polls but nobody came to us and told nothing.” However, he said a team of electoral committee that visited his home few days ago included his name in the voters’ list.

Kashiram Oli, who was also going to India, said he had nothing to do with the election. “Earlier also I voted, Oli said, adding that the Maoists has also urged him to join them. “They said that we should not have to go India if they win but I have not seen any significance even after they were included into the government,” Oli added.

Dil Bahadur Khatri from Rukum’s Duli, said, “We would have been not going to India, if only some political candidates had asked us to stay.”

Nepalgunj based border police post Jamunaha also said that a number of outgoing Nepalis is increasing in recent days. “The rate of people returning from India for election and leaving for India in search of greener pasture is same,” Resham Acharya, in charge of Jamunaha police post said.