While every general election in India is touted as the “biggest”, the latest was more exhilarating, as the saffron tsunami swept everything in its path and carried the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to the most convincing victory in Indian politics since 1985.
Chandigarh wasn’t spared the “Ab ki bar Modi sarkar” fervor either, as the local BJP candidate, Bollywood actress Kirron Kher, trounced her rivals. While a celebration is due for historic win, we caught up with young voters to know their expectations from the newest MP.|
Jasmeet K Shan, director, Dance Dacha, 27
I expect Kher to reduce the red tape first. Even routine tasks have become a burden for the residents because of the lazy work culture in public offices. The youth aspire for growth-conducive society built on open discussion and the culture of mass recreational activities.
Manu Bahuguna, merchant navy officer, 27
It’s too early to judge her performance but we the people have trust our choice. Kher belongs to the film industry, so I expect her to be broad minded about various things and I hope she takes her decisions keeping in mind the young generation.
Vivek Saini, Ad-film producer-director, 24
Ever since the elections hoopla started, I was deciding whom to vote, but I found no option. I grew up seeing Chandigarh as a model of development, law and order, and basic amenities. Will the new MP ensure that the qualified local people find job locally?
Ansh Grover, journalism student, 21
I really hope for a strong platform for open and healthy discussion with our honorable new MP. The winner promised us a new phase of development in the city and now she has to deliver. For decisions-making, she’ll need to use all her global exposure.
Sahil Nanda, photographer,23
I did not expect the BJP to win in Chandigarh but now that it has, let’s see if can make me change my opinion of saffron. I’d like to see Mrs Kirron Kher restoring the diminishing greenery of the city and countering the threat to the biodiversity around the Sukhna lake.
Jasleen Aulakh, musician, 27
The safety of women and unborn girl child, and the problem of traffic all need to be dealt with a newer approach. We elected Kher, since we were desperate for change. I hope she values our trust and makes the city beautiful as beautiful as we desire.
Sukhjit Singh, lecturer; founder, campus TV, PU, 29
What I expect from the new Prime Minister, I desire from Kirron Kher as well, and it is employment opportunities. I hope that the new government brings in the positive change it promised, to overcome the challenge of creating jobs.