Election fervor does not grip quake-survivors in Rubi Valley

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DHADING — Although the election to the House of Representatives and State Assembly are at hand, the Rubi Valley rural municipality folks do not seem to be excited about the day when their votes could decide the fate of the leaders by exercising their franchise.

The quake-survivors here are keeping busy reconstructing their quake-damaged houses. Every able person in the village was seen engaging themselves in the reconstruction efforts rather than engrossing in the election-related discussion.

No candidates vying the upcoming elections have entered the village yet to woo voters, largely fearing the outrage from the local here for their cavalier attitude towards the post-quake reconstruction efforts.

Malyam Ghale of Rubi Valley rural municipality-5 was bustling with house building at the place that is at high risk of landslide. Since no choice was offered by the local administration for relocation to safer places, he is building house at the same place where 54 other households are following Ghale’s suit.

Landslides incidents are a common sight here. The road leading to the village was damaged by the Gorkha Earthquake.Villagers kept knocking the doors of the leaders in their district but to no avail.

The upcoming elections do not seem to enthuse the voters here who had jubilantly cast their ballots in the local level election, expecting to elect the right person who would help address their issues.

Another such local was Aman Tamang. He shared that locals were irate with the people’s representatives who often stay in Kathmandu and do not bother to serve the locals here.

The leaders of leftist alliance and democratic alliance have not mustered courage to launch election campaign in this village, fearing social scorn and outrage due to their inability to deliver their promises.

A total of 17 candidates are in fray in the November 26’s election to the House of Representatives from Dhading constituency no 2. RSS