Voters are voting to mend problems such as water scarcity and unemployment.
By Swagata Banerjee and Rudrankar Raha
Bengaluru, April 18, 2019
Yeshwanthpur, which comes under the Bangalore North Parliamentary constituency, witnessed a lower voter turnout this time compared to the previous Lok sabha election.
The presiding officers were of the opinion that voter turnout was less because it was a working day. Women participation ranged from high to low across different polling booths.
There was a marked difference in the awareness among voters.
“We are expecting change this time. The incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) has won for the past three times, but the area hasn’t developed,” said Mohammad Sadiq, a social worker.
Sadiq added, “Proper infrastructure is not available for differently-abled people. Slums are not developing. We demand eradication of poverty.”
Iqbal, a first time voter, said: “Water scarcity is a problem here. We don’t face any problems regarding electricity though.’’
Iqbal’s answer to whether he had read the election manifestos of the political parties was a ‘NO’.
Iqbal represented a large section of voters in Yeshwanthpur who were unaware about the local issues. They felt that regardless of the candidate they vote to power, the situation in the area would not change.
Some of the voters portrayed a different sentiment and said that they were voting keeping in mind national issues. They want to vote for a party which they want to see in power at the Centre.