Delhi polls: First-timers turn up in large numbers to 'get counted'

 Brimming with pride and expectations, first time voters today thronged the polling booths to exercise their franchise in Delhi, which has seen parties going all out to woo the youths during campaigning.

Delhi polls: First-timers turn up in large numbers to 'get counted'

New Delhi: Brimming with pride and expectations, first time voters today thronged the polling booths to exercise their franchise in Delhi, which has seen parties going all out to woo the youths during campaigning.

Teenagers and college students turned up at polling booths across Delhi, mostly accompanied by friends and family members to cast their vote.

"I just wanted to vote. It's my first time and I want my vote to be counted and I am outspoken that I voted for Kiran Bedi as she is honest and a doer," said Rahul Jain, a IInd year student who got inked at Krishna Nagar.

A 19-year-old studying in Patiala returned to the capital late last night to cast his franchise asserting that everyone should respect their right to vote.

"It important to vote as as every ballot makes a difference," said Harsh Verma.

Many favoured AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal saying the youth have lot of expectations with the 46-year-old leader.

"I want AAP to come to power. The 49 days that Kejriwal was in power, things really changed. From electricity and water, to petrol, all prices had come down," said Gaurav (20), a IInd-year student who cast his vote in New Delhi constituency.

18-year-old Narendra Singh Rawat said voting gave him a sense of empowerment.

"I want my vote to make an impact. I was looking forward to this day. It makes you feel empowered. We want a corruption free Delhi," said the Raja Bazar resident.

Newbie voters have several social issues which they hope will be addressed by the winner.

"The government should look at all three stratas of society. There is a need of an all inclusive government. I'm voting for the first time and I really want a government based on the principles of equality," said Radhika, 18, who voted from Model Town.

There were also some who were swayed by the "charm" of leaders or voted in line with "family tradition".

"My family always voted for BJP and I've come here to do the same for the very first time," said Amit, a IInd-yr B.Com student.

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