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- May 13, 2019
- Posted by: Shivam
- Category: April 2019
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Lok Sabha elections 2019 | From airstrikes to sealing: Issues that pushed voters in Delhi
From cross-border terrorism to sealing of commercial establishments, Delhi on Sunday came out to vote for a wide variety of reasons. During the campaign, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s main plank was national security while the Aam Aadmi Party had sought votes for getting Delhi the status of a full state. The Congress showcased works done by the party’s government in Delhi.
The choice of issues varied with economic background, neighbourhoods, gender and age group of the voter.
While waiting for their turn outside the polling booth in east Delhi’s Khichripur village polling station, Nikesh Sharma, a businessman, and his friends were discussing how the Balakot air strike changed the political discourse in this elections. “This election is about national security. By doing the air strike at Balakot, the government has given a befitting reply to Pakistan,” said Sharma.
Shubhankar Rai, 19, a resident of GK-II that falls in the New Delhi segment, said he voted for India to be “a stronger country” globally. “The task is to choose the lesser of the two evils. I feel India, at present, needs a strong leader. Two things stand out as the boldest steps by the current PM – demonetisation and the Balakot airstrike,” he said.
For the traders in Chandni Chowk, demonetisation, roll out Goods and Services Tax and the sealing drive were the main concerns even though they felt national security was an equally important issue. However, opinions were divided in the order of priority. “Business has never as bad as it has been in the past five years. Profit margin has been reduced to only 10-15%. The economy needs to be revived,” said Mohammad Tazir, who owns a crockery business in the area.
In Amar Colony market, which comes under the New Delhi seat, voters said they want the ongoing sealing drive to stop and their shops de-sealed. At least 400 shops were sealed in this market which were among 7,000 commercial units that have faced action in Delhi since December 2017.
Cheshtha Dung, 27, who runs a general store at Amar Colony market said they had kept their shop shut for more than a month “merely out of fear” at the peak of sealing drive. “Others might be voting for the country’s betterment or safety in this election, but for us it is only to get relief from sealing. My father had got so scared of the drive that he forced us to shut this shop and had called workers to dismantle the top floor. Now, we have reconstructed the whole thing afresh,” she said.
Uncertainty over their future was a key concern for the first time voters. Rahul Trehan, a resident of west Delhi’s Dabri Mor, said, “I am a guest teacher at a municipal school, covering for the permanent teacher who has gone on maternity leave. In four months, I will be jobless again. I take tuition for students, but I need a permanent job. But where are the jobs?”
In North West Delhi constituency, Khairati Lal, 70, a retired MTNL employee, said youngsters are uncertain about getting a job after completing their education. Lal’s grandson, who is a post-graduate, recently got a job in a call centre. Lal said, “Unemployment is a big issue which the government has failed to address. Young educated people are opting for odd jobs because the governments have failed to provide them work. The country can progress only if its youth is employed.”
People in slums, resettlement and unauthorised colonies, had local concerns such as health, education and sanitation. Yasmin, 32, a resident of Trilokpuri, was all praise for the improvement in health and education sector in Delhi after AAP took over. “We can’t afford private schools. This government has done a lot of work to improve the education standards in government schools. Even the mohalla clinics are good,” said Yasmin.
In Bawana’s Shahbad Dairy area, Sushma Jha, 32, said the AAP government paid heed to issues faced by the people living in the unauthorised colonies. “The AAP government has laid water and sewer lines in unauthorised colonies, provided free water and constructed streets in illegal colonies. The city government also provided battery operated e-rickshaws to the residents so that they can earn their livelihood,” said Jha.
Mumbai Indians edge Chennai Super Kings by 1 run to win fourth IPL title
Through twists and turns befitting the plot of a bestseller, the Indian Premier League final was decided off the last ball with spectators holding onto the edge of their seats and players chewing off their fingernails. Lasith Malinga turned hero from villain after conceding 20 runs in his previous over, trapping Shardul Thakur leg-before when Chennai Super Kings needed two runs of the last ball.
Shane Watson opened Chennai’s batting, stood like a rock when wickets kept falling and tore into the Mumbai’s bowling later, only to miss two balls in the end. Mumbai Indians turned the table in those two deliveries. With Jasprit Bumrah operating in tandem with Malinga, Mumbai held their nerve better but this was more a victory of cricket as an entertainer, and of the belief that experience always matters.
Two stats loomed big before the final. Twice in their three previous victories had Mumbai Indians batted first after winning the toss. And this season, they had won four out of the five times Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma had stayed unbeaten in the Powerplay. Sharma, more a boardroom strategist, didn’t hesitate to bat. Dhoni was only happy to play along, knowing well fielding wasn’t their strength.
Restricting Mumbai Indians to 149 therefore, was more than what Dhoni could have asked for. Kieron Pollard applied the touch up as expected, with a 25-ball 41 but this was an innings where Mumbai were never going ballistic from both ends as they lost wickets at regular intervals. Quinton de Kock walloped Chahar for three sixes but Sharma departed three deliveries after Shardul Thakur broke the opening partnership. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan couldn’t convert their promising starts.
In good form throughout the tournament, Hardik Pandya couldn’t stay on till the end, leaving Pollard to do whatever he could to push Mumbai’s case. Chennai started like Mumbai. Faced with two openers who preferred to grind out, Mumbai Indians looked lost, conceding overthrows when every run required steadfast defence.
Chennai weren’t great in that department too. When Suresh Raina dropped a dolly off Hardik Pandya batting on four, Mumbai Indians were given a new subplot to explore. They couldn’t quite hit the demolition button though, scoring just 47 in the final 30 deliveries. Chennai Super Kings have to thank their spinners for that.
With De Kock letting the world know of his intentions, Dhoni meticulously unleashed his spinners to put the brakes on Mumbai, starting with Harbhajan Singh. Pace was a welcome change. Kishan helped himself to a boundary over mid-on off Dwayne Bravo. A full toss on leg stump four deliveries later was swept for another boundary. That was cue for Yadav to ramp up the scoring but Imran Tahir cleaned him up next over before dislodging Kishan.
And when Shardul Thakur took probably the catch of the tournament off his own bowling to send back Krunal Pandya, Chennai knew they had to take just one wicket to deny Mumbai a rousing finish. Hardik was their man.
Chennai’s good start turned bad within a matter of overs when Raina and Ambati Rayudu in the space of seven deliveries. And then entered Dhoni. Jasprit Bumrah sized him up with a delivery that whistled past the bat held out merely to stave it off. He let the next ball go the keeper before presenting his full bat forward in defence. Suddenly, Bumrah gave the glimmer of hope Mumbai were looking for.
Watson came to a standstill as well. Repeatedly failing to pierce the gap between gully and point off Hardik, Watson finally turned a delivery towards fine-leg for a single. An overthrow however prompted Dhoni to scamper for an extra run but Kishan’s throw from deep cover clattered into the stumps at the bowler’s end. Two angles suggested two decisions but after a long deliberation — possibly the longest in this tournament — Dhoni was adjudged out. The drama, clearly, wasn’t over.
(Source – Hindustan Times)
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