Villagers on local politicians who didn’t provide benefits

 

Typical examples of villagers’ comments:

“I voted for the VDC Chairman thinking that he would do something for our village, but he didn’t do anything [for our village]. He is no longer our thulo manche because he is not concerned about the obligation he has toward us.” (Peasant, woman, Kavre)

“In the first election, we did think of the VDC Chairman as a thulo manche. But after winning [the election] he forgot about us and our village, so in the second election I didn’t think of him as thulo manche (Carpenter, man, Chitwan).”

“I used to think of the Ward Chairman as the thulo manche [when I voted for him] but since then he forgot about us. He is no longer the thulo manche of this area. The Ward Chairman usually helps only his own people.” (Shop-owner, man, Kavre)

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