Local businessmen have decided to vote in large numbers on election day in the hope that the new regime will usher in the much needed reforms to revive sagging industrial and commercial growth in Punjab's manufacturing hub.
Bhupinder Basant, who owns a popular restaurant in the city, said he wanted to vote to bring about change in the polity so that a stable government could be formed at the centre to bring in crucial reforms, reduce inflation, rationalize the tax structure and improve living conditions of the common man.”
Charanjit Singh Vishwakarma, president of the United Cycle & Parts Manufactures Association (UCPMA) said: “Those who don't vote on polling day have no right to speak against any government that comes into power. How else will a responsible government be formed? Each adult must vote” said Vishwkarma.
Many businessmen said the first thing they would do on polling day was get up early in the morning and go out to vote. Some said they had even shelved their important trips only to ensure their votes had been cast.
Meanwhile Gurmeet Kular , president of the Federation of Industrial & Commercial Organizations (FICO), said he would also cast his vote to bring about change in the direction in which the country was heading. “I'll also persuade my neighbours and friends to vote. I'm sure this time the electorate will make a difference in the way our country is run”, he added.
However, Vinod Thapar, chairman of the Knitwear Club, had a new take on the need to vote this year. “Every citizen of this country should make it his or her duty to vote on polling day, considering it virtually a sacred obligation” he said.