Women voters, especially young, seemed an enthusiastic lot during the zila parishad and panchayat samiti polls as they turned up in hordes, braving the sultry weather.
Their wish list? Not many came up with concrete demands, but knew that every vote would matter. "I work as a labourer and will continue to work as one, no matter who comes to power. But I know that I must cast my vote," said Manjit Kaur of Dakha.
However, the younger women seemed better informed and more thoughtful. "We have lots of problems at hand, including lack of electricity and water at home. We want these facilities by the government," said 19-year-old Paramjit Kaur of Dakha, who is pursuing BSc at a Raikot college.
Safety for women too emerged as an issue among the working women. "I work at a hosiery mill in Ludhiana, and travel daily to the place by a company provided bus. The bus drops us on the main road, and we have to walk down to our homes. It's dark and desolate on the roads. It's scary at times," said Harpreet Kaur of Ayali, who has completed her bachelors in art from Ludhiana and was a first-time voter.
There were also those who went a step ahead and demanded schemes for women. "There is never a talk about introducing a plan for women, like a training institute," said Hardeep Kaur of Dakha.