Migrant workers watch Kerala Assembly elections scene eagerly, yearn to vote in their states- The New Indian Express

Express News Service

PATHANAMTHITTA: When Kerala is all set for meeting polls, individuals from different states, who’re working right here for their every day bread, are eagerly watching the election course of. Some of them, particularly from Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, additionally shared their incapacity to go to their states and participate in the elections there. At the identical time, some others have left for their states.

Ramjan Ali, 24, from Kolkata, stated his members of the family inform him in regards to the election situation in West Bengal over the cellphone. “I am not able to go this time. I have been working in Kerala for my family for the past six years. Covid-19 made us jobless and I left for my state last year during lockdown. I returned around two months ago. So, it is not possible for me to return to my state to vote in the elections,” stated Ramjan, who’s working in a lodge in Pathanamthitta city.

“But I really enjoyed the poll campaign in Kerala. Whenever I got time, I went out and watched the election rallies and roadshows,” he stated.Forty-two-year-old Rama Lakshmi, a road vendor from Tamil Nadu, was very busy on Monday. She needed to promote her lemons and gooseberry by some means. “Today (Monday) evening, I need to go to my place, Sankarankovil in Tenkasi, to cast my vote. My husband and children called me and asked me to return there as soon as possible.  I have been a street vendor in Pathanamthitta for the past nine years and earn about Rs 1,000 daily. I need at least my one day’s revenue to reach my place and cast my vote. But I will go today evening and take part in the election,” she stated. 

According to Pathanamthitta district labour officer Deepa P, the district has 1,600 workers from different states,  majority of them from West Bengal.Saddam Hussein, 29, from Tenkasi, stated he isn’t in a position to go this time to his state for casting his vote. “Job and revenue are the main issues for us. If I go for the vote, it will affect the daily bread of my family. I have decided to keep away from the election this time. In my place, houses stand close by in rows and it is easy for candidates to meet the voters in a short time. In Pathanamthitta, houses are not so close and it is difficult task for candidates to meet all voters quickly,” he stated.

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