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Jammu votes for change

india Updated: Apr 10, 2014 22:13 IST
Navneet Dubey
Navneet Dubey
Hindustan Times
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It seems that voters this time in Jammu-Poonch LS constituency are rising above party ideologies and are using their franchise to instill change in the system- a general mood among all age groups and in the constituency.

The electorates, keener on national issues rather than local ones are craving for change - to control corruption, deliver more growth, provide better employment opportunities, development, and check ever-rising inflation.

Suvidha, 25, senior research analyst in Delhi and a resident of Gandhi Nagar here, casting her vote for the second time, is hoping to see a change.

"Obliviously I am voting for the change. I want to see change of guard in New Delhi. Also, change is always for the better," said Suvidha.

Though she also sounds a little skeptical whether the new guard will bring the desired change and rise up to the expectations of the people.

"What is the guarantee that the new government will meet the aspirations of the people?" she said.

Locally, she is concerned about the lack of proper education, job opportunities and lack of development in Jammu.

"The state government is not creating new educational infrastructure in Jammu. There should be more job opportunities in the hometown. We have to move out to big cities to get employment," said Suvidha.

Ragini, 19, a resident of RS Pura here casting her vote for first time, too wants a change of guard.

"Corruption is the key issue. A new face would check the growing menace. The leaders of the present outgoing government are only concerned about themselves with no concern for the masses."

On what prompted her to come and vote, she said, "It is my duty and priority to cast the vote."

Ved Parkash, 66, a resident of Krishna Nagar here, who owns a garment shop, stressed that the time for change had come.

"A change is necessary as it gets rids of complacency. Also, change keeps political parties on their toes to keep on delivering and remain connected to the ground," he said.

Ravi, 37, a mechanic and a resident of Akhnoor said, "I am not a committed voter as I have always voted to for the genuine candidates and tried many parties in the past. Now change is the need of the hour. This time, I am voting for change."

Rajiv Gupta, 43, a dentist from Janipur here too advocates the need for change.

"It is the vote for change and progress. This is vote for a stable government in the Centre. It is more than a vote for Jammu than for the nation. Growth of a country happens with the development for change. Lots need to be done. There should be equitable and adequate distribution of resources among the masses."