Mumbai: First-time voters in Mumbai, who Free Press Journalse numbers have significantly risen, were determined to make their mark by exercising their right to vote, which they did, on Monday. In an interaction with The Free Press Journal, they raised a host of issues that affected them and looked forward to formation of a new government, which they hoped, would take their concerns into consideration. The voters believed there had been rampant unemployment over the last five years, which gave them a cause for concern.
Despite various skill development schemes being introduced by the government, there are not enough jobs to use the skills. Also, the increased nationalistic fervour took the centre-stageand the burning issue of unemployment was put on the back burner. “As a responsible citizen my opinion is the present government failed to deliver on its promises,” said Rutuja Gupte, a student.
In the past, conversations first-timers had at home influenced their perceptions of the political scenario, but due to social media and news apps, voters can now form their opinions. “The government must concentrate on generating employment, better job opportunities and introducing tax-saving schemes, as the imbalance affects the economy,” said Tanmayi Savadi, a medical student.
Another confusion was excessive publicity to national leaders overshadowing local candidates. New voters remained confused when it came to recognising local candidates. It was a major reason most people were unaware of the local leaders’ agendas. “It’s only because of the facilities introduced by social networks like Facebook we could identify candidates,” said Jagruti Verma.
With communal tension rising in parts of the nation, the youth is determined to urge the government to building ‘One India’ for all. “The government should consider building a more liberalised and transparent administration to elevate the country’s image globally,” said Sanket Varak, a student of the University of Mumbai.