Express press service
CHENNAI: The first time is always special, and this rule is no exception to voting. As they say, great powers come with great responsibility. Faithful to this feeling, Sr. Zubaid Abdul tells us how he felt so “empowered” after having cast his vote for the first time.
“Until the last election, I used to debate with my parents about who to vote and now I can make my own decision.”
For Sudhish Aruldhasan, 18, a student from Chennai, it was like the power and responsibility of Thanos from Avengers.
She says, “The government you choose is responsible for making you powerful. Your vote is like Thanos snapping his finger in the blink of an eye, but something powerful enough to change where you live. The overall voting experience has been amazing. ”
“It was an exciting experience and I was excited to vote. I am proud to be part of the electorate who will change the fate of Tamil Nadu, ”said V Swathi, first time voter of Kangeyanallur de Vellore.
The excitement is not discouraged until Coimbatore, where S Maheswaran, 23, of Achipatti, wants the next government to renounce the loan to education.
He says, “I wish they would forgo student education loans and create employment opportunities.”
Namakkal also witnessed large numbers of voters for the first time amid the pandemic.
Mr. Priyadharshini (18) after voting at the Krishnapuram school in Namakkal said: “At first I was panicking over the security measures, but I have to thank the electoral commission for making all the necessary arrangements. From giving gloves, disinfectant to social distancing, everything has been followed. ”
Another voter M Dharini (22) asked voters to refrain from taking money to vote.
Some young people are impatiently awaiting the development of their respective fields.
“I look forward to the development in this area. I hope someone would do people good to empower women and help minorities, ”says Harshitha, 20, a journalism student in Adyar.
Another voter, C Varsha Reddy of Chennai, says she went through the manifestos, candidate details as well as election commission guidelines, before taking her call.
For siblings N Muthunarayanan (24) and N Kalyani (22) of Karaikudi, Sivaganga, a healthy discussion helped them identify their choices.
Social media is no slouch when it comes to helping young people, either. Ms. Madhumidha (22) says: “Social networks have helped me a lot to choose the candidate I want to vote for.”
(With contributions from Vellore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Namakkal, Sivaganga)