What young Tamil Nadu voters want

The youth say they want change as voting took place across Tamil Nadu on Monday

shivani

Shivani Chaturvedi | May 16, 2016 | Chennai


#DMK   #Tamil Nadu assembly polls   #Assembly Elections   #Tamil Nadu Polls   #J Jayalalithaa   #Tamiil Nadu   #Karunanidhi  
Cantonment Board High School in Chennai South constituency.
Cantonment Board High School in Chennai South constituency.

The youth and women spoke frankly as they queued up to vote in  232 out of 234 assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu on Mondayt.

Yamini and Kirthika, who work at a private company, voted at a booth in the Cantonment Board High School in Chennai South constituency. The duo feels that the present government had not even been able to provide basic amenities like water and power. They strongly want a change in the government.

Another voter Madhurabashini too expects change in the government. She feels whatever welfare measures chief minister J Jayalalithaa announced in the election manifesto early this month, could have been done in these five years.

Madhurabashini  was not pleased with announcements for women such as maternity assistance of Rs.18,000 and one sovereign gold ahead of marriages as she felt that all this at the end of five years is just an eye-wash.

Siddiq came to vote at a booth in Don Bosco school in Egmore constituency. He says there is no growth in the industrial sector under the present government. “Neighbouring Andhra Pradesh is attracting more industries. There is no growth in the industry under the present government, so I strongly feel the present government should be thrown out of power.”

For Asif, this is the third election in which he is exercising his franchise. Asif, who voted at a booth in Presidency Girls Higher Secondary School in Egmore constituency, says, “Industries in the state has been dormant. Standard of living has gone down.” Asif’s sister Shabina, a medical professional, feels that there is a need for improvement in the health sector. “Poor should be benefitted more. In some areas of the health sector the present policies of the government are not satisfactory,” she says.

Don Claudus, who is living in Chennai for the past 50 years, has come to the booth after a decade to vote. He says the government should have announced more for women in the manifesto especially for those who are non-working.

Around 5.82 crore voters will elect a new 234-member assembly in the election being held today and on May 23 for Aravakurichi and Thanjavur constituencies.


Total number of polling stations:
65,616

Total voters: 5.79 crore

Number of sensitive booths: 9360

28 assembly constituencies are declared red alert constituencies in the state. They have three or more candidates from major parties with declared criminal cases.

Richest candidate: H Vasanthakumar Congress candidate, contesting from Nanguneri constituency in Tirunelveli is the money bag. He declared assets worth Rs 337 crore. Chief minister J Jayalalithaa is one among the top three candidates with highest declared assets. She declared assets worth Rs 113 crore.

As per the ADR report, number of candidates with criminal cases in fray: 283

Key contestants:

M Karunanidhi, DMK Tiruvarur constituency
MK Stalin, DMK, Kolathur constituency,
J Jayalalithaa, AIADMK, RK Nagar constituency,
O Pannerselvam, AIADMK Bodinayakkannur constituency,
Vijayakanth, DMDK, Ulundurpet constituency,
Anbumani Ramadoss, Pennagram constituency

 

Comments

 

Other News

“But for Nehru’s non-alignment, India would’ve been where China is today”

Dark Secrets: Politics, Intrigue and Proxy Wars in Kashmir By Iqbal Chand Malhotra Bloomsbury, 277 pages With his latest work, ‘Dark Secrets’, scholar and media personality Iqbal Chand Malhotra continues the investigation he began with

Maharashtra schools to reopen on January 24

Maharashtra has announced the reopening of schools for classes 1-12 from January 24 with Covid protocols. Education minister Varsha Gaikwad said on Thursday that the government will reopen schools for classes 1-12th with Covid protocols from January 24. “We have also decided to open p

No irregularly in appointment of engineer: BMC counters BJP MLA

The BrihanMumbai municipal corporation (BMC) has rejected BJP MLA Ameet Satam’s demand in a letter to BMC commissioner Iqbal Chahal to cancel the appointment of Sunil Rathod, deputy chief engineer, building and proposal department, western suburbs, for getting caught red-handed accepting bribe by ACB

Cast your vote, not vote for caste

Once the schedule for the next assembly elections has been announced, there is a flurry of activity around building caste coalitions. This is more intense in the most populous state,  Uttar Pradesh, which is the most important state in India in any election, in view of its large population estimated a

Maharashtra cities dominate Smart Cities Mission #Streets4People Challenge

In a competition organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Nagpur and Aurangabad from Maharashtra are among the 11 cities selected for scaling up their pilot projects and creating permanent public infrastructure. #Streets4People Challenge was org

CNC, Admiral R Hari Kumar condoles deaths of three navy personnel

The three Navy personnel who succumbed to injuries caused by an explosion on board Indian Navy`s destroyer ship INS Ranvir have been identified as Krishan Kumar MCPO (master petty chief officer)I, Surinder Kumar MCPO II & AK Singh MCPO II. In a condolence message, Admiral R Hari Kumar s

Visionary Talk: Farmer`s Agitation, Rakesh Tikait with Kailashnath Adhikari


Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter