Is The City Going to Vote For Change?
By Meera Bhardwaj | Published: 07th January 2014 08:02 AM |
In the last one year, Bangaloreans have been facing plethora of issues ranging from garbage disposal, delay in infrastructure projects, shortage of Cauvery water, disappearance of lakes to badly maintained roads and potholes. Crying hoarse on non-implementation of many important works, citizens, thinkers and politicians alike feel that issues tackled in the last year will be the benchmark on which the coming General Elections will be fought.
Arun Kumar Murthy has his business interests spread across apparel, F&B, interiors and serviced apartment segments. Arun says that, during the coming Lok Sabha elections, majority of ‘forwardlooking Bangaloreans’ will vote for those candidates who will give a facelift to Bangalore’s image. “While looking for a stable government at centre, we Bangaloreans are also keen to see the plight of city change. Let the change be at slow pace, but let the change begin. Everyone talks about bad roads. Completion of ongoing projects will be the key.
I am also keen to see if the MP I am voting for will get us a state-of-art garbage disposal system as seen in Singapore and Shanghai,” says Arun, a resident of ndiranagar. Former top cop and MP, Dr H T Sangliana opines that local issues in Bangalore have to be part of the democratic process as no party can ignore this. “In Bangalore, infrastructure problems have not been addressed either by the previous or the present government.
The prevailing condition of the roads with its potholes are glaring examples of lack of quality work and this can be seen in most of the infrastructure projects in the city. The blame game continues with no specified time for completion of projects be it any sector: Roads, water, power or connectivity projects. The importance to infrastructure projects in Bangalore is a major issue and voters will definitely keep that in mind,” he adds. With many academic and professional examinations round the corner, mid-April will be a tough time to hold elections and in this regard, people should voice their protest as many eligible, new voters will be busy in their academic schedules, says noted Gandhian and freedom fighter Dr H Sreenivasaiah.
“Local issues may matter this time. But issues concerning the youth have been totally neglected whether it is at the school, home or college level. With instances of youngsters committing suicide at the drop of the hat, real education has to be provided with parents guiding them how to survive and tackle day-to-day issues. With youth forming a major percentage of voters, this time, issues of employment, education and safety will be in the forefront.
The results in Delhi have clearly shown which way the wind is blowing. The youth will in fact, be the deciding factor in these General elections.” Senior Congress leader C Motamma, who is disenchanted with the prevailing system of elections as money plays a big role in the candidate’s victory followed by national parties ignoring the candidature of women, says, “Issues will differ from North to South and here in Bangalore, local issues will not matter but big issues like food security, right to education and information will impress the voters.” She is bitter about the fact that woman’s representation at any level is pretty poor considering the fact that women constitute 50 per cent of the population and electorate.
“The few women you see in the Assembly or Lok Sabha are only for namesake. Most parties either do not give representation or weightage to women,” she adds. Ultimately, it is transparency in the functioning of government, a corruptionfree administration, minimum possible level of governance and activism of agencies who are there to see that honesty, dignity in public life is maintained in the government’s functioning which will be some of the major issues the coming General elections, H T Sangliana adds.