Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association, or NEFOWA, a group of homebuyers from Greater Noida (West), is carrying out campaigns to gather people to opt for the "None of the above" (NOTA) option in the electronic voting machine/ballot paper this assembly elections, scheduled to start on February 11. The group of homebuyers has resorted to such campaigns owing to the apathy of politicians towards homebuyer issues.
After launching the online "No House No Vote" campaign and reaching out to local farmers for their support, NEFOWA is now trying to gather residents of both Noida and Greater Noida to support them in getting possession of their homes.
Shweta Bharti, secretary of NEFOWA, said the association would organise a car and bike rally from Noida Stadium to Film City on January 22. The rally has been organised to bring the concerns of homebuyers to the common man's notice and urge them to support them by opting for the NOTA option this election. She said her association had approached each political party with its problems regarding delayed delivery of flats, but none of them had paid any attention to the issues. She said the association's message was clear: "Politicians have rejected homebuyers’ issues, we will reject all candidates in the fray."
Jay Jain, a homebuyer who is still waiting for possession of his home in Supertech Eco Village 1, said the complaint he had lodged with the Prime Minister's Office had gone through the UP chief minister, district administration, Greater Noida Authority and on to the builder. But the problem was yet to be solved. Jain said he had booked the flat in March 2010 and, as per the builder's promise, the flat should have been delivered in 18 months.
"It is time for us homebuyers to teach political parties a lesson," said Jain. "We have to reach as many people as we can and encourage them to opt for NOTA. We are also trying to convince voters through online campaigns."