Poll fever leaves quake-survivors untouched

Dhading, November 10

Although the date for the upcoming polls is drawing closer, people of Rubi Valley Rural Municipality seem to be untouched by the election fever.

Quake-survivors of the rural municipality are keeping busy reconstructing their quake-damaged houses. No candidates have yet entered the village to woo voters, largely fearing the outrage of locals in the rural municipal.

Malyam Ghale of Rubi Valley Rural Municipality-5 has no option but to build his house at the place that is at high risk of landslide because he was not offered any help by the local administration to relocate his house to a safer place.

There are 54 other households who are in similar condition. Landslides are common sights here.

The road leading to the village was damaged in the 2015 earthquakes. Villagers kept knocking doors of the district leaders but to no avail.

The upcoming elections do not seem to enthuse voters of the village who had jubilantly cast their ballots in the local level elections.

A local Aman Tamang said villagers were angry with people’s representatives who often stayed in Kathmandu and did not bother to serve locals.

Leaders of the leftist alliance and the democratic alliance have not mustered courage to launch election campaigns in the village, fearing social scorn and outrage due to their inability to keep their promises they made during the recently concluded civic polls.

A total of 17 candidates are in election fray for the parliamentary and provincial elections slated for November 26 from Constituency 2, Dhading.