Everyone should exercise their democratic right to vote and not let it go because you are getting this chance after five years. One has to be careful about it though. Vote for whoever is the best option or the best party for you. Check the credentials of the person you want to vote or see what has been his/her contribution in the past. That will give you an idea. But definitely vote because as cheeky as it may sound, every vote counts. If you think nobody deserves your vote use the NOTA option. That way your vote won't go to a wrong person and at the same time affect the chances of a wrong candidate from getting a majority!
For a long time people have been taking it easy when it comes to voting, but this year we have reached a saturation point. The common man is fed up of everything happening around him. Also, the younger generation is smart and is aware of how things have changed. If the father wants to sit at home and read newspapers instead of going out to vote, the children will persuade him. I would urge women to go out in large numbers and vote. Women safety is the top priority in the country and they should use their right. I hope it shows in the voting pattern. Last but not the least, DNA VoteGuru is a good initiative in encouraging people to vote. We tend to be cynical about it, but it's necessary at this point.
—As told to Chaya Unnikrishnan