Former French colony Mahe gears up for polls

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 18, 2011 13:00 hrs

Mahe, a small sleepy former French colony near the Kerala border, is all set to hold assembly elections on April 13.

The constituency, which is spread over an area of nine square kilometers and has over 35,000 people is said to be satisfied with the administration of it's affairs so far.

The credit for this is being attributed to opposition Congress led United Democratic Front in Kerala.

"We will be facing the elections showing all our achievements to the rest of the Malayalees. More infrastructure developments, which people have not even imagined are in the pipeline in our agenda and will remain the highlight of the election" said E. Selvaraj, a UDF leader.

A D Ashokan of the CPM, however strongly believes that nothing has been done for the region.

"There is a political handicap prevailing in the region for the past five years, nothing in the name of development has been carried out, which the people of Mahe are aware of and all of them will vote for LDF this time and we will win the election with great majority" said Ashokan.

Mahe will have only one seat against two it had previously. Yanam, an enclave in Andhra Pradesh, continues to be the lone segment without change.

The entire town is between Badagara and Thalassery of Kerala, which is a busy trade center.

Preetha K., a housewife, said: "For the past five year the UDF is in power here and they are doing well for development"

Same is the opinion of other people in the region and have no doubts when they talk about basic infrastructure growth.

During British colonial rule in India, Mahe was a French Colony. But after independence, the French left, Mahe was declared a Union Territory By Juhan Samuel(ANI)

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