The announcement of General Elections has generated excitement among the young voters who have enlisted themselves this year. Excited about their prospect for electing the Government of their choice, the young brigade wants more development in the country and more opportunities of jobs should come to them in the coming years. The Pioneer spoke to several students in national Capital to know about their preferences and issues before they go to cast their votes for the first time.
Going by the 2011 Census data, an estimated two crore youngsters reach the age of 18 every year. This time around, as many as 10 crore first-time voters are expected to cast their votes. At the cusp of their careers, many youths living in Delhi and adjoining states expressed their apprehensions about expressing themselves freely in public or on social media and want future lawmakers to change the narrative.
“I want that whichever political party comes to power, they should focus more on jobs and youth oriented programs,” said Shefali, a student of Delhi University adding that freedom of expression has been compromised in many ways today and the issue of women safety has not been really addressed.
Differently-abled Suraj (19), who hails from Haryana (Bhiwani) and is preparing for SSC exams in Mukherjee Nagar said that the main thing we all youth look forward for is job. “We believe who ever forms the government should bring more jobs in government and private sector both,” said Suraj.
“I am a lot excited about my first vote. I have planned read all parties manifesto and then decide whom I should give my vote,” said Sandhya (19), a resident of Vasant Kunj.
Many voters said the need of hour was to further develop the National Capital. “There are many projects which can improve Delhi in many ways and these should be developed by governments in large scale for city development”, they said.
“Why there is no multi-level parking here, unlike in other parts of Delhi. I am inclined to vote for a new party,” said 18 year-old Juhi, a resident of Chattarpur.
Talking about issues in her colony at GK-II, Mahima said, “It may be a posh area where people might think law and order is not a problem, but one could see anti-social elements create nuisance after dark. Drugs and traffic are another concern here. We want a Government which can deal with such situation. I will vote for change in city. My first vote will be for change in my city, she said.”