In Assam, Hindi speaking people have been under fire from almost all militant groups. The sugarcane farmers of Karbianglong and N C Hills are amongst the worst affected.
It is interesting why BJP prime ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani chose Kheroni of all places to kick off his campaign. Kheroni produces majority of sugarcane products in Assam.
The area also has about 60 per cent population from Bihar – a community always under threat. In the last three years, more than 200 people have been killed in the sugarcane fields
Ramadhar Chauhan came from Uttar Pradesh as a teenager but today, Kheroni is his home.
“There are endless problems here but one must survive. We vote with the hope that we will be safe and secure but nobody cares for us,” said Ramadhar.
Kheroni residents have no recollection of any national leaders visiting their town. Though there’s little expectation from politicians, visit of a high profile leader has brought some of the election mood into the otherwise disturbed township.