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With voter IDs, neo-Delhiites find a voice

Animesh Sinha made Delhi his home seven years ago, but now the 30-year-old is looking forward to the city counting him amongst its own. Abhishek Sharan reports.

delhi Updated: Apr 16, 2009 00:26 IST
Abhishek Sharan

Animesh Sinha made Delhi his home seven years ago, but now the 30-year-old is looking forward to the city counting him amongst its own.

A senior manager with Tisco, Sinha is enthusiastic about his newly acquired voter identification card. “I could not vote in the last parliamentary polls, and it hurt,” he said.

A metallurgical engineer from Ranchi, Sinha arrived in the city to work and went on to acquire a management degree from Gurgaon’s Management Development Institute (MDI).

Sinha said he had been going over newspaper and TV reports closely to decide whom to vote for. “My Lok Sabha representative will have to address my concerns related to security, public amenities and infrastructure,” he said.

Sinha expressed concern over the law and order situation in the city saying he could not think of letting his wife Shubhlaxmi and month-old daughter Anshika “use autos and buses after 8 pm.”

“I fear for my family’s safety if they are out alone in the night since crimes like snatching, eve-teasing and robbery are rampant,” said the Sarita Vihar resident. Bumper-to-bumper traffic and the inevitable jams also bother him. Sinha gave a thumbs-down to the Bus Rapid Transit Corridor. “It is so difficult to traverse the stretch from Chirag Dilli to Defence Colony: our representative should reconsider it,” he said.

Jitendra Garcha, another migrant, counted “lack of security and traffic mess” amongst his daily woes. A tracks engineer, who now runs an apparel store, Garcha was upset about the “lack of adequate education for the under-privileged.”

“A good, private English-medium school costs thousands per month… Can my MP do something about this?” said the east Delhi resident.

Kaushik Ghosh (31), a senior sales executive, agreed with Garcha. “The decision-makers should raise the standards of government schools even if it means a 10-fold hike in fees or sacking of defiant teachers.”

Manish Prakash Singh (28) from Almora, a sales executive with a water purifier manufacturing company, said his representative ought to do something about the “six-hour-long load shedding” in Mayur Vihar Phase-III.