Assam Election 2021: What Young Voters Think?

–Partha Prawal

The assembly elections in Assam will be held in three-phase on March 27, April 2, and April 6 and the results will be declared on May 2.

With just two days left for the first phase of the election to begin, political parties have given their everything to woo the voters and turn the tides in their favour.

However, several young and first-time voters feel that the elections this year has been pale and out of issues as compared to previous elections.

“What your opposition do or did not do is irrelevant in compared to what have you done in the last five years,” said 20-year-old Mousumi Barua when asked about her reaction on the poll campaigns so far.

“None of the parties seems to have a vision and all they have been talking either about freebies that they are going to provide or have been pointing fingers to the opposition,” she added.

“My question to the present Assam government is what have you achieved in the last five years? How many poll promises did you keep?” she questioned.

“Instead of speaking about the failures of the three-time Congress government, why could not they speak about their achievements? Constructing roads or making hospitals are the most basic things that an elected government is expected to do. I don’t see anything great in that. If the Congress did not do then it was their failure and so people voted the BJP into power. But gradually this government is pushing us to the medieval age,” she opined.

“Where are the innovations and innovative ideas? Where is the zeal to do something out of the ordinary?” she further asked.

It may be mentioned here that Mousumi is among the 33% young and 64% first-time voters of the state and a lot depends upon the votes of these young voters.

“I am not against or in favour of any particular party. But yes, I am against parties that do politics in the name of caste, creed and religion or try to polarise the society for their benefits,” says 21-year-old Swapna Saha of Tezpur.

“We need a scientifically literate society and whosoever forms the government must emphasise on the issue,” she added.

She believes that young voters don’t easily fall into the traps of promises.

“We listen, analyse and only after that we will cast our votes,” she further said adding that promises can be deceptive and one should not fall prey to such deception.

Another 19-year-old voter from Dudhnoi feels that political parties should not promise freebies and work diligently for the development of society and human resource.

Unwilling to reveal her identity, she said, “We have an abundant untapped human resource. There should be some scheme of action to make this resource count and use them for the benefit of society.”

Mofizul Rahman (30) of Guwahati says, “This has been one of those elections where we don’t see any poll issue. Everything the parties have been saying or promised has been in the air for ages. We want something new and better.”

“Either it is an appeasement policy or it’s a policy of dividing the society and we don’t need either,” he added.

“Can the young voters, especially the first time voters make a change in the true sense? This is an important question that we should all ask ourselves,” said Prabal Kalita (19) of Dhubri

“I don’t say everywhere, but even today in most of the rural areas the basic poll issues are a concrete road, a bridge, a house for safety, some food to eat, free education and healthcare facilities and they still vote for a part in the return of few extra money. Young or old, voters’ mentality in these places are still the same. However, things may be different in the urban areas, but I still doubt,” he added.

“The party that has the money power will win the elections,” he further added.

On a personal note, I feel the young voters have the power to change the tide in anybody’s favour and these voters must see that whomsoever they vote for, their vote counts.

The first-time voters must go out and take part in the voting process and help in choosing a strong future for themselves.

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