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You have only one vote, don’t waste it

So, whom are you going to vote for this time? No matter what your call is, it will be HT's endeavour to help you take a decision you will not regret, not now and not five years after. Special

india Updated: Apr 08, 2009 01:26 IST
Shivani Singh
Shivani Singh
Hindustan Times

So, whom are you going to vote for this time? And are you going to vote to punish your local sweeper who is missing most days or to choose a Prime Minister with a special talent in holding a steady gaze, without blinking?

Most Delhiites contacted by Cfore for an opinion poll for Hindustan Times said they are clear this election is about national issues, about electing a good, effective prime minister and not about local issues.

But the gap wasn’t decisive. While 61 per cent said it’s about national issues, 32 per cent said they expected their MPs to also take care of their daily, civic problems like water, power and roads.

You want a decent life, that’s what it’s all about.

Hindustan Times will help you make that happen. No matter what your call — national or local — it will be our endeavour to help you take a decision you will not regret, not now and not five years after.

You have only one vote after all, and you can’t waste it.

Delhi has 1.10 crore (11 million) voters who will elect seven members of Parliament, the number of seats not impacted by the delimitation of constituencies. The last time, Congress won six and BJP one.

Have you thought about your choices yet? Will you vote for a candidate or his/her party or the prime ministerial candidate of his/her party? Thirty per cent of the respondents said candidate, 25 for the party and 39 said both.

Delhi had an assembly election late last year and it was about local issue, so don’t kick yourself for not being local enough once again.

“However, national issues that have a direct bearing on people’s day-to-day life will be more crucial than, say, issues of foreign policy,” said Anand Kumar, a sociologist at Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Whatever your choice, you have a right to it. And we, at Hindustan Times, believe you must have all the relevant information and data to be able to make and exercise that choice well.

So, we will not only write about the candidates of your area, but will also try to deconstruct them for you — who are they, what do they stand for, are they honest and can you trust them enough to invite them home for dinner?

We have done some of this before. So let’s take it a little further. If there is a question you want to ask a candidate, please send it to us — at htmetro — and we will put it up to them on your behalf. It’s your city and it’s your vote. All the best.

First Published: Apr 08, 2009 00:29 IST