RAUTAHAT, Dec 4: As the much-awaited parliamentary and provincial assembly polls is just around the corner, Rangpur village which lies 30 km away from Chapur of Rautahat is gripped by the election fever.
There are around 150 households of Tharu and 50 households of Majhi communities in this village. Though the locals of these communities are usually busy in their fields, these days they are found more at mass assemblies and gatherings. "We are all waiting for December 7," said 60 years old Bhukhal Chaudhary, adding, "We will be taking part in the elections expecting change and development." According to him, the locals are determined to vote for those candidates who will solve the problems of roads, drinking water, among others.
On the other hand, Kalyani Chaudhary of the same community is concerned about the lack of a bridge over Lamha Khola. "We have to struggle a lot to reach Chapur as there is no bridge. So, we expect that the new lawmakers will understand our misery and solve our problems," she said.
The plight of the Majhi people is no different. Despite the problems in their lives, these people are still participating in election preparations. The red walls of their mud-made houses have been decorated with the colorful pamphlets of various political parties along with their promises. No matter which party wins, it won't be a big deal for the locals as all they want is someone who can understand their miseries regardless of the party.
"We lack land ownership certificates for our houses as well as farms," said Jaypal Majhi, adding, "We are voting to secure our rights." Hunting and selling fish and mice have been the traditional business of these people. "Now, we don't want our children to run after mice but towards schools carrying pen and copies in their bags," said Majhi.
There are four candidates vying in the parliamentary and eight candidates in the provincial assembly elections in Rautahat.