The right to decide

The right to decide

The right to decide

A group of enthusiastic students speak about the changes they would like to see in the City.Election Day is just around the corner. Politicians are busy with rallies and going door to door asking people to vote for them.

May 5 will also hold significance for many youngsters, who armed with voter identity cards, are ready to cast their vote for the first time. The only ‘mantra’ on their lips is to ‘make a difference’ and they are no longer ready to listen to the refrain swalpa adjust maadi. That’s why they are leaving no stone unturned.

Right from going online to collect information about the candidates to discussing election issues with friends, youngsters have done their ‘homework’ well to choose the ‘best candidate’.

A group of enthusiastic youngsters voice out the changes they would like to see in their localities and the importance of voting.

There are many changes they want to see but at the same time, these youngsters also believe that the first move should come from the educated people by casting their vote.

“The right to vote is an empowering feeling. But we should make good use of our voting rights by choosing the best candidate. Most people feel that voting will not make a difference. This should not be the attitude. One should not waste one’s vote by not voting at all,” says Dhananjay, a second-year student.

Many agree with Dhananjay. Says Poorna, another second-year student, “What’s the point of cribbing when we don’t actually go out and vote when the time comes? At least by voting, we can make a difference in the society.”

While selecting the candidate, many say that they do their research well in advance and already know who they are going to vote for. For Anirudh Dinesh, another student, it’s not the experience of the candidate that counts but the quality of work he or she has done.

“We always listen to tall promises but get nothing in return. Being aware of the kind of work the candidates have done in the past will give the voters some confidence in them,” he adds.

Interestingly, it’s not the deadline for partying that worries the young generation. They want to see more security for women, better waste-management, good roads and more importantly, a stable government.

“In the last five years, we have seen so many changes and lack of stability in the government. I hope this time, things will change for the better. With stability comes better enforcement of laws as well and it helps in building trust among the people as well,” says Sreesha, a second-year student.

Better traffic management is another step that the youngsters want to see
in the future. And this, they say will help if the government speed up the Metro work and stop constant digging of roads.

“There are potholes, unnecessary diversions due to slow Metro work and dug-up roads leading to huge jams in nearly all parts of the City. Apart from this, now
we have to face the stench emanating from the garbage as well.

One can’t expect immediate solutions but at least there has to be some
movement towards change,” sums up Suman, another student.

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