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As D-Day nears, parties go all out to woo ‘decisive’ migrant voter

With barely a few days remaining for polling, candidates in several constituencies in the city as well those in the outskirts, are making desperate attempts to woo the migrant population with all sorts of promises and allurements as this section is expected to play a decisive role in at least four constituencies.
In Ludhiana south, Ludhiana central, Ludhiana east and Sahnewal Assembly segments, migrants from states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Uttarakhand and Orissa, constitute not less than 25 to 40 per cent of population with the number varying in each segment. In Ludhiana north and Dakha also, there are some pockets inhabited by migrant workers.
If the previous elections are any indication, the migrant workers are not inclined to vote en bloc in favour of any particular party or candidate and they keep changing their loyalties depending on political affiliation of the area-level leaders amongst them. With eyes on the sizeable vote bank of the migrant population, all major political parties, including the Congress, the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party, have been keeping in regular touch with mohalla-level and ward-level leaders of migrants in a bid to secure their support.
If the BJP had its star campaigner and popular Bojpuri actor Manoj Tiwari in the city twice to attract the migrant voters, the Congress invited leaders from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, including an MP and a couple of MLAs hailing from these two states to campaign and make a ‘connect’ with the migrants.
Shiv Pal, a migrant from Darbhanga district in Bihar, who came to settle down in the city as a marble-laying contractor, is wary of small-time leaders, saying they did not have the interests of the migrant population in their heart. They just exploited illiterate workers for their political gains and left them in the lurch.
Another migrant, Madho Prasad, a ‘karyana’ merchant in Giaspura, echoed similar views. He said migrant localities were devoid of basic amenities like clean-drinking water, sewerage and sanitation. “We shall not be led like sheep and will vote only for that party or candidate who pledges to improve our conditions,” he said.

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