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Updated: April 25, 2014 15:35 IST

We want a corruption-free Government, say first-time voters in Coimbatore

Coimbatore Bureau
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MARK OF A CITIZEN: A first-time voter displays her forefinger marked with indelible ink, after exercising her franchise, in Tirupur on Thursday. PHOTO: M.PERIASAMY
THE HINDU MARK OF A CITIZEN: A first-time voter displays her forefinger marked with indelible ink, after exercising her franchise, in Tirupur on Thursday. PHOTO: M.PERIASAMY

Young people highlight the need for clean governance

For many first-time voters here, a corruption free Government at the Centre is one of the main demands.

First time voters D. Rajkumar and his sister D. Mohanapriya of Coimbatore said they wanted a corruption-free regime to come to power at the Centre.

“As students we dread a future wherein we can get what is due to us only by paying money.

“If things are done as per rule, there will be no room for corruption. Unfortunately, the present situation is not so. Students are affected by corruption very early on in their life,” they said.

R. Deenadhayalan, 21, voted for the first time at the booth near his home in Nallampalayam. He said that in addition to experiencing the voting, he was there to exercise his franchise because he wanted to have a say in the next government.

As a student and someone who would be looking for a job in a couple of years, he wanted a government that was focussed on growth, did not give freebies, reduced prices and respected merit.

At Tirupur, 19-year-old Abinaya had come with her parents to cast her vote at the Perichipalayam polling station.

“We expect a change at the Centre and a corruption-free Government. At the local-level, we need a cleaner town,” she said.

Mohameda Begum (22), a home maker, said it was a dream-come-true for her as she polled at the Noyyal Road polling station.

Not in list

She wanted to cast her vote in the Assembly election in 2011 but could not as her name was not in the list.

“I want good governance at the Centre and that is the only expectation,” she said.

(Contributions from K. V. Prasad, Karthik Madhavan and M. Soundariya Preetha)

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