Times of India | 6 days ago | 25-11-2022 | 07:51 am
VADODARA: The battle of the ballot has kept Timla village of Chhota Udepur district in a tizzy over the past few days with swarms of netas keeping their sleepy hamlet abuzz with campaigning. While Timla is high on poll fever, its next-door neighbour, Sajanpur, is surprisingly calm. No banner, no bugle or poll gossip under the village banyan tree! Reason? Though geographically in Gujarat, Sajanpur is affiliated with Madhya Pradesh! So, it's business as usual in this village spread over two-and-half square km. Every heart in Sajanpur having a population of about 1,200 people beats for its parent state MP. "Sajanpur is a unique village that is geographically surrounded by Gujarat but administratively it is under MP. So, politicians from Gujarat rarely visit our village, not even during the elections," Gamji Hiraliya, former sarpanch told TOI, adding that residents though go to adjacent villages to watch the campaigns out of curiosity. Sajanpur comes under the Alirajpur district of MP and is located about 3km off the MP border. Most of the signboards in Sajanpur are in the Hindi language. "We have to pass through Gujarat villages to reach our state," Gamji, a 50-year-old farmer, added. "We speak some Gujarati at home while for administrative work we have to learn Hindi too,” said Vikram Rathwa, a 24-year-old farm labourer from Sajanpur, who added that their village shares amicable relations with adjacent Gujarat villages and also discuss civic and other issues. “When polls in MP happen, ours is the only village that sees campaigning in Gujarat,” Rathwa said, adding that the Sajanpur residents have no complaints again st the MP government and ar e well looked after despite being cut off from that state. Dadra is another such village spread over a foursquare-kilometre ar ea that sits between Dungra and Lavachha villages of Gujarat but owes its a llegiance to the Union territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. While adjacent villages are caught in the poll tornado, Dadra, a separate region from Nagar Haveli, remains unruffled.