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Jalandhar west Bypoll : Womenfolk say mundane issues matter for them

Jalandhar west Bypoll : Womenfolk say mundane issues matter for them

Women wait in a queue to cast their votes in the Jalandhar West constituency on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Malkiat Singh



Tribune News Service

Aparna Banerji

Jalandhar, July 10

As a sudden storm provided slight from the choking humidity late in the afternoon, a stream of women who had been waiting for the scorching sun to turn mild, stepped out of their homes to cast their votes. The day got off to a slow start in Jalandhar West today, but water, sewerage, drugs and “honesty” of the candidates remained key poll planks for the womenfolk of the area.

Sonia a resident of Bhargo camp, who came to vote with her son in her lap, said, “Imandari (honesty) and nasha mukti (eradication of drugs) are the key issues for us. Candidate Mohinder Bhagatji is a nice man. Whoever gets elected, the women would want that issues related to sewer and water be addressed. They should work on providing water and more schools.”

Navneet, another resident of Bhargo camp, said, “We want to give a chance to “Jharoo” (broom) this time. We hope they will listen to us.” Her neighbour Anita nods, but adds, “Someone has to be chosen, but our issues have not been addressed.”

At a Basti Sheikh polling station, Prabha from Mangu Basti says, “The ration distribution process was much streamlined during the Akali regime. Now, it isn’t as smooth.”

Near a polling station at Bohr Wala Chowk in Jalandhar, a vegetable vendor hurls expletives at all parties: “It’s a city of nincompoops, whoever wins, the common man won’t benefit.” Grocer Yashpal (71) says, “It’s a neck and neck race between the Congress and AAP. The vote could swing to either side.”

Bhargo camp voter Kamla Jain says, “No one carried out our works and nothing has changed for us. The last time people voted on party lines, but in this halqa the community and Bhagat votes will matter.”

Kusum, whose house is right across a polling station at Model House, says, “The wave seems to be in favour of the broom. But there will also be a silent vote as many people aren’t revealing their cards.”

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