The first phase of general elections is just a couple of days ahead and voters are gearing up to vote for the candidates and parties of their choice but there are two major home buyers' bodies in Noida and Greater Noida which seem to differ over the 'NOTA' campaign.
The Noida Estate Flat Owners Main Association (NEFOMA), which has been running campaigns to garner the support of home buyers to press NOTA in this elections, complained the buyers have been waiting for years to get the possession of flats from the developers. Neither the state nor the central government has tried to resolve this issue yet. This has compelled them to opt NOTA rather than voting to choose a candidate from a particular party.
The Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association (NEFOWA), on the other hand, have a different view on this subject. It says that it is their members' choice whether they want to cast their vote in favour of a particular candidate or not. The association is neutral in this regard
Abhishek Kumar, president of NEFOWA, said, “We do not endorse the campaign being carried out by other home buyers association. It is completely our members' choice to vote for their favourite ones.”
He rejected the idea of carrying on with the campaign to opt NOTA, saying his association is not a politically influenced body but a social organisation which has been fighting for real causes.
“Yes, I admit the fact that home buyers are suffering as they are yet to get the possession of their flats. But how does opting NOTA during elections will help us? I would rather suggest our members vote for the candidate of their own choice,” Kumar added.
“We will continue to fight for our rights and will protest against the elected government if it ignores to address our concerns,” he concluded.