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Lok Sabha elections 2019: First-time voters in Himachal want leaders to focus on ‘real’ issues

First-time voter Archit Sharma, a college student, wants government to come up with a strict law to stop private institutes from charging exorbitant admission fees.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 29, 2019 14:05 IST
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Another first-time voter Raman Kant says political parties need to explain how schemes promised by them during campaigns will be executed in future as majority of them seem impractical. (HT Photo)

As political parties in Himachal try to woo young voters by making a range of promises, first-time voters have a clear vision for the state’s future and expect leaders to focus on “real issues”—jobs, quality education, better healthcare facilities and control over drug menace.

Young and restless, anxious and ambitious, as many as 1, 33,083 first-time voters will be exercising their right to franchise this year in Himachal, which goes to polls on May 19.

First-time voter Archit Sharma, a college student, wants government to come up with a strict law to stop private institutes from charging exorbitant admission fees.

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“There are many schools and colleges which have low student-to-teacher ratio besides poor infrastructure. Parents and students are forced to pay excessively high admission fees allegedly charged by private institutions in the state,” says Sharma who also wishes for more public libraries for students across the state.

Another first-time voter Raman Kant says political parties need to explain how schemes promised by them during campaigns will be executed in future as majority of them seem impractical. “A lot of schemes and policies promised by parties during campaigns look good on paper but appear impractical. Parties needs to explain how these schemes will be executed and how will they benefit people ,” says Kant. Besides clear policies, he hopes for better medical facilities in the state. Vaishali, a postgraduate student at HP University, says it is high-time government addresses the issues of women security in the state. “The government needs to get serious about safety of women in the state as crimes like rape, dowry and domestic violence are on a rise,” says Vaishali.

First Published: Apr 29, 2019 14:05 IST

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