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Election fever catches city youth

Rameshinder Singh Sandhu, Hindustan Times  LUDHIANA, April 25, 2014
First Published: 21:53 IST(25/4/2014) | Last Updated: 21:54 IST(25/4/2014)

The 2014 general elections fever seems to have gripped everyone, including the younger generation, across the colleges and universities of the city.

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On Friday morning, during a visit to the hostels of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), we experienced a high-octane frenzy among the students about the elections.

Students unanimously agree that with election season at its peak, discussing politics has become a part of their daily routines, in which debates on various political parties and leaders start right from the breakfast in the morning till late mid night.

They also agree that social networking websites have become a major tool to voice their opinion on the latest political updates and developments.

"In addition to the regular updates on televisions and newspapers, we regularly keep ourselves updated through different social networking platforms where we follow political updates through various news portals and political pages of leaders,"shares a student Akashdeep Singh, adding, social media was abuzz with amusing illustrations, funny pictures of political leaders and pages on the ruling government that underline their drawbacks and that is where they get the opportunity to air their opinion.

Echoing a similar view, another student Neeraj Chaudhary added, "It's good keep yourself abreast with all the political activities though the social media but I believe that newspapers provide us more constructive opinion on any issue."

Talking about importance of voting, he said that just talking is not enough but exercising your franchise to a right candidate is the most important thing.

Talking about hot issues during these elections in the state, Sahil Khindu said, "Many youngsters, despite having attained educational degrees, are jobless in the state which has led to 'brain drain' and engulfed many of them into the dark world of drugs. The state will surely make progress if we are able to curb unemployment."

Culminating the discussion, they came to the conclusion that the government must understand that if they ignore the youth, the nation would not to progress.

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