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Gen Y phenomenon: Political parties eye first-time voters in J'khand

ranchi Updated: Apr 22, 2014 16:22 IST
Sanjoy Dey
Jharkhand Lok Sabha elections

Young voters will play a pivotal role to elect the respective MPs in the last phase of election of Jharkhand. So, political parties do not want to miss any chance to lure the 5.14% young and first time voters, who are between the age group of 18 and 19.

Of the total 61,04,050 voters in third phase polls, 3,14,098 are young and first time voters including 1,75,697 male and 1,38,401 female voters.

In the last phase, Jharkhand will witness election in four parliamentary constituencies - Dumka, Godda, Rajmahal and Dhanbad - on April 24. Youths of Santhal Paraganas, which includes three parliamentary constituencies-Rajmahal, Godda and Dumka, will cast for better higher and professional education while youths of Dhanbad constituency want technical institutions and better job opportunities.

“The local MP should strive for creating more technical institutions and job opportunities. He/she must work for overall development of the constituency and should be available for youths to listen to their problems,” said Dolly Kumari, a first time voter from Dhanbad.

Youths of Santhal Paraganas are in search of a leader, who could uplift the education standard of the region and could also pressurise the state government to start the pending educational projects like proposed engineering college in Godda and 500-bed medical college in Dumka. Even after 13 years of Jharkhand’s creation, literacy rates of Dumka, Godda and Rajmahal are still not impressive.

Dumka’s literacy rate is 50%, Godda’s 46% and Rajmahal’s literacy rate is 42%.

Puja Kumar, a Dumka resident and a BCA student, said, “The elected MP should bring in technical and medical institutes in the constituency and provide jobs. Dumka is the sub-capital of Jharkhand but development is still a distant dream here.”

Star campaigners of all major political parties are not budging from promising better education and job opportunities to attract the young voters. Union rural minister and senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh at a press meet on Sunday in Dhanbad said, “The party has given a ticket to a youth, who better understands the problems and necessity of youths. He will work for better education system and creating job opportunities if he wins the Dhanbad seat.”

Leaders of BJP are also leaving no stone unturned to lure the voters in Santhal Paraganas. “Two ambitious projects-an engineering college in Godda and a medical college in Dumka-are hanging in balance in the regime of current government. The projects were finalised during the BJP government in state. If we win, the two pending projects will see the light of the day,” former chief minister Arjun Munda promised at a public meeting in Dumka on Friday. JMM and JVM(P) are also sweating it out to attract young voters in their favour.