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Overflowing drains, stench in Vasundhara Raje’s village

“There’s no one to care for us. We are left with nothing this time. Soyabean and urad are completely washed away.”
Jhalrapatan: Stench, sewage water on streets and overflowing drains greet you at Chachhlao — the village Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje adopted in her constituency Jhalrapatan.

The sorry state of affairs in the village is an eerie testimony to the indifference politicians (even if it’s the chief minister) show towards the hinterland, which generally remains out of blitz and glam. A village of 500 houses, Chachhlao still awaits fulfilment of promises made to them when Raje had vowed to make it a model hi-tech village in 2016. The kachha road leading to the village has large potholes, deep enough to sink some poll aspirations.

“We were delighted when the CM adopted our village. But she hasn’t visited us yet. Her son Dushyant has come twice. But there is no change in our condition. She turned out to be like any other politician,” said Ramchandra, a farmer who also rues crop damages inflicted during recent heavy rains.

“There’s no one to care for us. We are left with nothing this time. Soyabean and urad are completely washed away.”

The sarpanch, Bhagwan Singh Dhakad, confirmed that despite being the CM’s village, development has not come to Chachhlao in as per the expectations. “We have got a primary health centre in village, the school has been upgraded to higher secondary, and there’s a playground in the village, but we still lack in basic amenities,” he said.

This ‘model’ village paints a contrasting picture of development in Raje’s bastion, coexisting with swanky Jhalawar city, just 25 km away, which boasts of well-metalled road, 24X7 electricity, a medical college and a mini secretariat for ensuring ‘good governance’ practices.
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