NEW DELHI: Delhi's youth want good infrastructure, greater employment avenues and a 'change' from caste-based politics after giving a thumping victory to Arvind Kejriwal's AAP in the Assembly polls.
In a near-sweep, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today decimated BJP and Congress with a landslide victory by winning 67 of the 70 seats in the Delhi Assembly elections.
"I voted for clean politics devoid of caste, religion or personalities. I want to see a change," Alwin Thomas, a final year engineering student from Dwarka, said.
While many youngsters were upbeat about the party's victory, there were many others wary of AAP's 'anarchist' tag.
"Kejriwal's stint of 49 days had its ups and downs. He should take the mandate seriously and prevent himself from committing blunders for the victory to sustain. The city needs promising infrastructure to match the status of the capital city of India," said 27-year-old Ashutosh Rana, a computer professional who voted from Tilak Nagar.
The young crowd of the city also gave a thumbs up to the grass root campaign carried out by AAP.
"AAP's victory was a result of its effective campaigning and also the ineffective strategies of other parties. As a youth, it matched my aspirations of living in a country that is corruption free. From applying for a college admission to getting a job, corruption is rampant everywhere. This should change," Shilpa Kumar, a 21-year-old aspiring medical professional said.
"Delhi is a different ballgame. It's cosmopolitan nature requires a leader who inspires all communities," chipped in Sunita, a 26-year-old working professional from Hari Nagar.
"I am happy with the mandate because I had cast my vote in favour of AAP. But I still think that it is not a stable party and people have given it a good chance to prove themselves. So they should work accordingly and justify the people's mandate," said Yamini Sharma, a student of Delhi University.
"I believe that a large chunk of students voted for AAP. In fact good academic institutions were against the communal politics of BJP. AAP has promised 20 new colleges and
reservations for differently abled students," said Jyotirmay Talukar, an MPhil students from Delhi University.