It may explain why only 42 per cent of Mumbaiites queued up at polling booths during the Lok Sabha elections. This despite candle-light vigils and numerous voter awareness campaigns in the aftermath of the 26/11 terror attack.
In a pre-poll survey conducted by the Hindustan Times across Mumbai’s 36 assembly constituencies, 66 per cent of the respondents said they did not think any political party could fulfil their aspirations. A mere 20 per cent expressed faith in political parties.
Fifty per cent of the people surveyed believe voting does not make a difference to their lives — it’s not surprising then that in April, many Mumbaiites chose an extended weekend holiday over voting. Only 46 per cent believe voting would help.
“There is apathy among Mumbai voters as they feel they are under-represented in the government and their issues are not addressed,” said Dr Uttara Sahasrabuddhe, reader, department of civics and politics, University of Mumbai.
Mumbai-based political analyst B Venkatesh Kumar said it’s worrying if 60 per cent of the people feel neglected by the government. “Parties will have to get connected to people and address problems,” he said.