BENGALURU: Residents of Ayyappa Nagar have warned of boycotting the BBMP elections alleging that their area in Jalahalli (ward number 16) has been neglected by public representatives. With no proper street lights, roads and drains, the area has become a hell, they said.
The residents staged a protest on Sunday, squatting and sleeping on the roads in the area. They alleged that no public representative has done development works in the year in the past 20 years. M Loganathan, president of the Ayyappa Nagar Residents Welfare Association said, “This area has over 350 houses and 1,800 voters. As our problems have been ignored by public representatives, we have decided to boycott the election.”
Residents claim they had met BBMP administrator T M Vijay Bhaskar a few months ago and appraised him of the situation at the ward. The Administrator had asked the zonal commissioner of Rajarajeswari Nagar to look into the matter, but till now nothing has happened, residents said.
‘Act of Vengeance’
Two time corporator from Jalahalli R Narayanswamy, was not reachable. However area MLA Munirathna Naidu lashed out at the protesters, saying it was an act of vengeance. “Loganathan lost the election when he contested from Lakshmidevi Nagar. He was an aspirant from Jalahalli A Ward but he could not be accommodated due to change in reservation. Hence he has staged the protest,” said Naidu.