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Youth focus on central policy, leaders

Corruption, price rise and women safety. The three top concerns of the youth in Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha constituency remain largely the same as the rest of the country. This was the overall impression after the Hindustan Times held a discussion as part of the ‘Young India Votes’ series on the campus of Rayat-Bahra Group of Colleges.

chandigarh Updated: Apr 12, 2014 08:54 IST

Corruption, price rise and women safety. The three top concerns of the youth in Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha constituency remain largely the same as the rest of the country. There is little mention of riots, even as there is lots of talk about the central leaders.

This was the overall impression after the Hindustan Times held a discussion as part of the ‘Young India Votes’ series on the campus of Rayat-Bahra Group of Colleges here on Friday.

FOREMOST

Asked to list their priorities, all of them listed corruption, and many listed local-level examples, from a park in neglect to potholed roads. Satnarayan of Government College, Rupnagar, said, “Where is the basic infrastructure inside the towns and villages?”

Amanpreet Kaur listed one matter: “A theme park was conceived by the previous Congress government at Chamakur Sahib in memory of the sons of Guru Gobind Singh, but it has not been completed as the government has changed.”

Women safety was listed too, and one participant, Atul, said, “It is not only the duty of the government to provide safety, but also of the parents to teach manners to their sons.”

As for education, the standards need upgrade, they all agreed.

Here, too, like in Chandigarh, most youth denounced castebased reservation and batted for making financial need as the criterion.

Kundan Kumar said, “Many poor people from the general category are left without job while rich people from the ‘lower castes’ get all kinds of benefits.” There was a mixed reaction as to whom to blame — the state’s SAD-BJP regime or the Congress government at the Centre. But anti-incumbency was as visible towards the Badal government as it was towards the UPA.

PARTY FIRST

Majority of the 18 participants preferred party to candidate. Most were not familiar with the SAD-BJP candidate, Prem Singh Chandumajra, though they had seen and heard Congress’ Ambika Soni on TV. BSP’s KS Makhan is known as he is a singer, but AAP’s Himmat Singh Shergill drew a blank.

The “outsider candidate” debate found no takers as party came first for them. “The election is among Modi, Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi,” concluded one.

An anti-Congress wind slowly took over and most saw Modi as the panacea. Almost all participants felt the Internet and social media played a role in making up their mind on the election preferences.