CHANDAULI, Uttar Pradesh -- Distraught over frequent power cuts in their area, frustrated residents of Uttar Pradesh's Chandauli village roped Bahujan Samaj Party MLA Babban Singh Chauhan and a local councillor, and held them hostage for nearly two hours.
Villagers of Ward no. 13 took this unprecedented step as they couldn't see any relief coming their way despite lodging complaints with the local administration.
"There is a severe problem of electricity and water logging," admitted the MLA.
"We are facing severe hardship in daily life. We don't have the facility of electricity, road and water. We were told that a tender of 80 lakhs has been passed but we can't see any work happening. We will fight till the end," said a local.
Chauhan had gone to the ward no 3 listen to their problems and talk to villagers, who were protesting against the electricity and water supply problems in their area, when they held him hostage, Superintendent of Police, Muniraj said.
Local police rushed to the spot and held talks with villagers after which they freed Chauhan, the SP added.
An assurance was given to solve their problems, and also no complaint was given by the MLA to police and the matter was resolved then and there itself, he said.
BSP on Sunday said the Chandauli incident was the fallout of the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party Government's failure to provide electricity, law and order and other basic amenities to the people.
"As far as the incident in Chandauli district is concerned, it happened because the Samajwadi Government in UP has failed to provide electricity, law and order and other basic amenities to the people of Uttar Pradesh," BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadoria told ANI.
"Let their anger be directed towards the Samajwadi Government which is neither producing electricity nor fair distribution of electricity is taking place," he added.