First-timers vote for jobs, growth, bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Rajasthan - HT Cor­re­spon­dent [email protected]­dus­tan­

For the 20.2 lakh first-time vot­ers in Ra­jasthan, Fri­day was a spe­cial day as it pro­vided them an op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute to the elec­tion of a gov­ern­ment. While they were en­thused to cast their first vote in the assem­bly elec­tions, ev­ery­one had a rea­son to use their fran­chise.

“We want a gov­ern­ment that fo­cuses on and looks af­ter young­sters,” said Khushbu (18), while wait­ing for her turn in a queue at a polling booth in the city.

Ishaan Verma (21), a Law stu­dent in Jodh­pur who cast his vote at the Gov­ern­ment Girls Se­nior Sec­ondary School in Jaipur’s Gand­hi­na­gar, said, “I voted for de­vel­op­ment and pro­tect­ing the sec­u­lar na­ture of the Con­sti­tu­tion.”

Neha Khangarot (20), who was wait­ing for half-an-hour in a queue at a polling booth at Ma­hahrani Gov­ern­ment Girls Se­nior Sec­ondary School in Bani Park, said, “It is my moral re­spon­si­bil­ity to vote. I want my voice to be heard in elect­ing the gov­ern­ment. Wait­ing for long is a neg­li­gi­ble price to pay.”

Andleeb Khan (21), who came with friends and rel­a­tives to cast his vote, said, “There should be good ed­u­ca­tion and more schol­ar­ships. At present, the gov­ern­ment work­ing is laid­back and what we want is one that works


swiftly.” Sum­bul (20), who ac­com­pa­nied Khan, said she wanted mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties at schools, bet­ter san­i­ta­tion and job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

For Rak­shita Mathur (21), the push was of post­ing selfie. “I am aware that cast­ing vote is es­sen­tial, though not know how much my vote would count. What I am re­ally ex­cited about is post­ing my selfie with polling ink on the in­dex finger,” she said.

Harsh Nair (22), a res­i­dent of Civil Lines assem­bly con­stituency who is pur­su­ing char­tered ac­coun­tant’s course, said, “It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence as my vote will be part of build­ing na­tion.”

Yas­min Khan (18), a Class 12 stu­dent who was ac­com­pa­nied by her fa­ther, said, “It’s the can­di­date’s im­age that mat­ters. Ev­ery­one in my fam­ily would cast votes and I was the only one left out, so am ex­cited (to cast vote).”

A group of stu­dents at Ra­jasthan Univer­sity planned to visit the polling booth to­gether to cast votes and reached the booth at 8 am. “Be­fore com­ing to vote, I saw cer­tain videos of how does the VVPAT and EVM ma­chine work. Since I am vot­ing for the first time, I de­cided to know the pro­ce­dure be­fore I vote,”said Hem­raj Gur­jar (19), one of the group mem­bers pur­su­ing Bach­e­lor of Arts.

Shreshtha Sharma (22), who was stand­ing in a queue out­side Ma­ha­rani Gov­ern­ment girls’ Se­nior Sec­ondary school in Bani Park, said, “My vote is my right. Many of my friends wanted to sit back at home, but I mo­ti­vated them to come out and vote.”

Suhani Mathur (21) said, “I was wait­ing for the day for long and came from Delhi to cast vote. It’s de­vel­op­ment for what I am vot­ing for.”


First time vot­ers Bhavika Ra­jo­ria (left) and Harsh Nair.

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