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Gurgaon's first-time voters voted for change

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times   Gurgaon, April 10, 2014
First Published: 16:50 IST(10/4/2014) | Last Updated: 16:56 IST(10/4/2014)

The young first time voters of Millennium City, mostly in the 18-19 age group, were all excited about being a part of electing a government and to get their fingers inked. Many of them believed it is time for a change.

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Incidentally, the maximum number of young voters in the age category between 18 and 19 years in Haryana belong to the Gurgaon constituency. There are 3,49,452 first time voters in the state with 47,161 belonging to Gurgaon. Gurgaon also tops the tally in the age group of 20-29 years and 30-39 years in the state.

The youngsters said that it is a proud moment for them as they voted for the first for the candidate of their choice, to give direction to the future of their country.

"I was waiting for this day when I could be a part of millions of votes which will form the future of the nation. I made my decision according to what I thought was right and was not swayed by anybody. I voted keeping in mind the work done by the individual candidate and the party," said Susmitha Rayaprolu, a first time voter.

Some of them also felt that they have today become an active citizen of the country in the political sense. “It feels good to be a part of the electoral roll, which will change the country. I will be voting for change - for better or for worse," said Lakshaya Sharma, a resident of Ridgewood.

The dreams of all the first time voters include seeing development in the country, to get basic necessities in all the areas, safety of women and wiping out corruption.

Vrinda Sharma, a resident of DLF 4, said, “I have a lot of hope from the future government regarding development and education. I voted for the party which I think will bring development and will actually work for it,” said Nisha Sharma, another first time voter.

Vox pop:

Vrinda Sharma: I researched about my candidates through social media and it took me days to decide whom I want to vote for. Now, I am glad and satisfied that I voted for him.

Rohan Singh: It was a good experience but I faced a little bit of problem in casting my vote. There was a time constraint and I could not understand who is who.

Lakshaya Sharma: Corruption is the biggest issue in these elections. The scams which were exposed last year still bother me. I voted for a candidate keeping in mind his image.

Susmitha Rayaprolu: I voted for a candidate who I have seen catering to the public’s needs and working for the development of the sector.

Nisha Sharma: I voted for a party which I think will work for the development will actually work for it.


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