NEW DELHI - Despite many bomb attacks and the recent siege of Mumbai, only 14 percent of Indian voters thinks it’s important whether politicians address terrorism. This appears from a poll conducted by the newspaper Hindustan Times.
The economic crises, too, is hardly an issue for the majority of voters – only 21 percent is occupied by this. Like terrorism, this is a problem of the big cities, but three quarters of the Indian electorate resides in rural areas. There, people are mainly interested in new schools, better roads en access to electricity.
According to the poll, 47 percent of voters find development of education and infrastructure in his or her own environment important. An equal amount of 46 percent of voters is interested in a candidate’s dedication to specific local problems.
These local problems on top op voters’ agenda vary from the safety of Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka in the southern state Tamil Nadu and troubles in states that are partly controlled by Maoist rebels, to rehabilitation of Indian nationals from the Gulf in Kerala and displacement for industrial development in rural communities.