ITANAGAR, Dec 4 - On the lines of �Sisen�, the voters from Kangku Circle under Likabali Assembly constituency in Lower Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh have decided to boycott the ensuing bye-election to Likabali Assembly seat in protest against the State Government�s alleged apathy towards providing a good road connectivity to the foothill areas in the district bordering Assam.
Likabali along with Pakke-Kessang constituency in East Kameng district goes to the assembly bye-polls on December 21 next. Of the total 10,608 electorate in Likabali constituency, Kangku Circle�s count stands at 2,700 voters.
�The voters from 26 villages under Kangku Circle have decided to boycott the ensuing bye-election in protest against the State Government�s indifferent attitude towards improving the 65-km �dilapidated� road from Likabali to Durpai along the Assam border,� said Nyadaar Loya, president of Galo People�s Federation (GPF) which along with Lower Siang Elite Society is spearheading the �No Road, No Vote� movement.
�We have always been given lip services and hollow promises for last 28 years by successive Governments and elected representatives in each election. The MLAs used the said road as their election agenda but never repaired it after getting elected,� Loya rued.
GPF general secretary Doya Boje said that the Gaon Burahs, Panchayat leaders and villagers of Kangku vowed not to participate in the election process during a referendum rally held at Kangku last month till the road was repaired.
In 2014 too, 140 voters of Sisen village under erstwhile East Siang district (now Siang district) boycotted the elections in the State that went for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls simultaneously, protesting Government�s alleged indifference in providing a motorable road to the remote village.