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Delhi LS polls: National security, unemployment, noteban weighed heavy on voters' mind

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

National security, and demonetisation were among the various issues on which Delhiites exercised their franchise on Sunday.

Anuj Agarwal, a 65-year-old retired of School of Economics, said he voted for the stability of the country.

"The country needs a who can capably lead it on all fronts," Agarwal said after casting his vote at a polling station in the Nizamuddin East area of the East Lok Sabha constituency.

Sandip, a medical representative, criticised the heavy expenditure on campaigning by political parties, saying they should focus on real issues like public transport, employment and water supply.

Muhammad Waseem, 21, a resident of Nangloi, said he voted for those who can give him a "real job and not someone who asks people to sell pakodas".

National security is important but people are also dying due to distress over crop failure, Waseem, a first-time voter, added.

Meena Jasotani, 47, a resident of Chandni Chowk, said she voted for the development by the Centre.

Communal discord also weighed on the mind of several voters.

Aijaz Ulhaq, 53, a resident of Chandni Chowk, said he needs a government which will keep all the communities united.

Sanjog Singh, 47, a resident of Hari Nagar, said his vote is to defeat the divisive

Mohammad Rafi, 66, a resident of Nai Sadak in Chandni Chowk, also shared the Singh's view.

"In the last five years, there has been a growing atmosphere of fear. So, many cases of mob lynching were reported. We never felt so unsafe in the past. When the came to power, we hoped that all communities will live in harmony with each other. But things turned out the other way," he said.

A garment shop owner, Deepak, said he voted keeping in mind those long queues outside the counters.

"As a responsible citizen, I did cast my vote but as a I cannot forget how my business suffered due to noteban. Also, the lack of uniformity in implementing the GST", Deepak, 43, said.

There were also some like Rubal Sedhra, an by profession, who opted for NOTA because he felt that none of the candidates contesting from his North East constituency were worthy enough.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 20:36 IST