Enthused to take part in the festival of democracy, first-time voters queued up at polling booths in the national capital and came out showing their inked fingers with joy.
Gleamed in their new responsibility in the electoral process, many were seen clicking selfies with their inked index fingers.
Issues like national security, development, women's security, employment opportunities, better health and education policies were the top factors which concerned the youth especially the first-time voters.
"I feel responsible and empowered by becoming a part of the government-making process. Everybody should vote. I voted keeping in mind issues like terrorism, national security and India's economy," Prerna Kapoor (20), a resident of Kalkaji, said with a smile.
Urvashi, a first-time voter who flew to Delhi all the way from the USA to cast her vote at Nirman Bhawan, said, "Nowadays, social media plays a vital role and people will judge you if you do not vote. Your one vote can make a difference. For me, corruption, education and terrorism are the main issues."
Muhammad Waseem, 21, a resident of Nangloi, said employment issue has decided his ballot.
"I voted for one who can give me a real job opportunity not for one who tells me to sell pakodas. National security is important but people are also dying due to farm distress," he said.
Visually impaired Adesh Kumar (19), who was escorted to the booth at Kalkaji extension by a volunteer, said he wants a government at the centre which will work for the physically challenged and create more employment opportunities for the youth.
"I am excited to vote for the first time. All I want is a stable government at the Centre and not a party with misplaced agendas," she said flashing her voter ID card.
For many, local issues were the deciding factor.
Sisters, Mamata (21), Hemlata (22) and Babli (19) from Govindpuri, flagged the issue of poor civic amenities in their locality.
"There is shortage of water in our area. Often the water supplied gets mixed with sewage. Condition of roads are pathetic and sanitation is also a big issue here. Law and order is a major issue as street lights in several areas do not function and women do not feel safe outside their home after sunset," Mamata said.
Echoing similar concerns, 22-year-old Poonam from Tughlakabad said she has cast her vote with the hope that the situation of her neighbourhood will improve.
The first thing that 20-year-old Suhasi Rathore did after casting her ballot was to click a selfie and upload it on social media. Showing her marked finger, she said the joy of voting brought her to the polling station.
Then there were some who pressed the EVM button for the party their elders told them to vote.
Twenty-one-year-old Suraj, an employee at a garment export company, cast his vote in East Delhi's Patparganj and said, "I votes on the basis of my father's advice.
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