First-time voters want better jobs

The youth of Central Gujarat came out in large numbers to cast their votes for the first time during the second phase of Assembly elections on Monday.

First-time voters were seen lining up at polling stations in Vadodara city since morning. While boys mainly came with friends, girls were seen with their family members.

In rural areas of Vadodara, Dahod, Panchamahals, Kheda and Anand districts too, young voters turned out thronged polling booths.

"Since I was a child, I had been watching my parents go out and cast their votes. I was really excited to vote myself," said Aarti Shashtri, an undergraduate student, after casting her vote in Alkapuri area for Sayajigunj constituency. "As a student, I expect a lot from new government. The city needs better infrastructure like more fly-overs and better roads. Employment opportunities should also increase," said Aarti, who had come to cast her vote along with her mother.

Chairti Pandya, who is preparing for competitive exams after completing her post-graduation in economics, said, "Infrastructure in the city is okay, but it is very tough to get jobs these days. I hope the new government improves the employement scenario. I want a government that acts without discrimination on the basis of caste and creed."

After casting her vote in Akota constituency, Aanal Dave, who is pursuing a masters degree in human resources, said unemployment was high. "Look at the number of people seeking jobs. More industries should come up and job prospects for youth should brighten."

However, Muzamil Chaudhary, an interior designer, said, "I did not think much before casting my vote. I wanted to vote and so I did it. There are a few things bad in the city and I hope they change for better after elections."

In rural areas too, the new voters raised the same issue.

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