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'Our states need to vote for change'

With their states going to the polls, city residents hailing from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and West Bengal have great expectations from the new governments back home.

mumbai Updated: Apr 14, 2011 01:59 IST
Pooja Domadia

With their states going to the polls, city residents hailing from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and West Bengal have great expectations from the new governments back home.

The ruling Left Front is pitted against Congress in Kerala and against the Trinamool Congress-Congress alliance in West Bengal. In Tamil Nadu, chief minister K Karunanidhi's DMK is fighting against the J Jayalalitha-led AIADMK. Assembly elections are also being held in Assam and Puducherry.

Priya Joseph, a college professor from Kerala hopes for a revamped education system in her home state.

"Though the state's literacy rate is the highest in the country, there is a need for a shift in the way people think on certain issues. Sensitivity towards women needs to improve. Travelling alone at 9pm for a woman in Kerala is unthinkable," said Joseph.

For Subramani Rajgopal from Tamil Nadu, agricultural needs should be the primary focus.

"Farmers have suffered losses because of inadequate rains. My grandfather is a farmer. He will not plant crops this year because he could not recover the amount he invested for farming last year," said Rajgopal who works as a campaign manager in a private firm. "They should help the farmers with better schemes rather than distributing television sets," he added.

With the first phase of elections in West Bengal on April 18, city residents from the state hope for relief from the left party rule.

"It is high time West Bengal is relieved from the restrictive thoughts of the leftist parties. The bandh culture should also be stopped. There are bandhs every 15-20 days in the state, especially in Kolkata," said Sachin Gupta, a media professional who has been living in Mumbai for two years.

Even though Subhamoy Roy, a video editor for an entertainment channel in the city, dreams to be with his family in Assam, the lack of job opportunities in the state keep him here.

"People hope of better, safer lives in Assam. The state needs a change in leadership from the ruling Congress," said Roy, who has lived in Mumbai for five years.