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Irate villagers protest against MP Rameswar Teli for alleged neglect of issues

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HT Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, Feb 28: Irate villagers of Jokai Mahabir Tea Estate staged a protest against MP Rameswar Teli in Dibrugarh. They accused him of failing to address their problems during his 10-year term.

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Jokai Mahabir Tea Estate, located just 21 kilometers from Dibrugarh town, now falls under the newly formed Khowang legislative seat after the delimitation process. Previously, it was under the Moran legislative assembly seat.

The villagers claimed that Rameswar Teli had not visited their village in the past decade. They also expressed disappointment with Moran MLA Chakradhar Gogoi for not addressing their genuine issues.

Around 200 people from Jokai Mahabir Tea Estate participated in the protest against Rameswar Teli, accusing him of neglecting their problems.

Montu Mura, one of the irate villagers, alleged, “In the last 10 years of Rameswar Teli’s tenure as Dibrugarh MP, we have not seen him in our village. He didn’t come to know the problems our villagers face. Our area has not seen development, unlike most of the roads in tea garden areas, which were properly constructed. But our village has been neglected.”

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He added, “The road between Jokai Mahabir Tea Estate and Barbaruah has not been built. When the BJP government prioritised road construction, why has our road remained neglected?”

“We elected Rameswar Teli from Dibrugarh constituency as a representative of our people, but he failed to address the problems of the tea garden people. Our burning issues are never discussed in the parliament. As a representative of the people, Rameswar Teli should address the issue, but he failed to do so during his 10 years in power,” Mura emphasised.

The villagers also claimed they were deprived of the Arunodoi and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) schemes.

Meanwhile, the Assam Tea Tribe Students’ Association (ATTSA) held a press conference in Dibrugarh, urging the top BJP leadership to field a fresh face from Dibrugarh constituency for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. They accused Rameswar Teli of failing to address their burning problems and remaining a silent observer.

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In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rameswar Teli won against his opponent, Pawan Singh Ghatowar of the INC, with a massive margin of over 364,566 votes.

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