Forty pc professionals may caste vote in Delhi polls: Survey

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New Delhi, Nov 21 (UNI) An industry chamber expects 40 per cent professionals to caste votes in the November 29 Assembly elections in Delhi.

This, an Assocham survey said, would still be way behind 70 per cent working class people likely to exercise their franchise.

The apex chamber said the survey covering 2,000 professionals and 2,500 employees in the national capital was conducted in two weeks by its social development foundation.

Professionals surveyed included 1,000 Chartered and Works Accountants, 300 faculty members of Management Institutions, 500 Consultants and 200 Doctors, according to Assocham Secretary General D S Rawat.

But 60 per cent professionals said they would not take part in the election process, thinking it was unlikely to make any difference to the ground realities of poor infrastructure, lack of job prospects and action plan for sustained economic development. Thirty per cent likely absentees in the working class attributed their decision also to the city having lost its pace of development in infrastructure and job prospects as compared with NCR townships like Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad.

Security was also a factor which could discourage these employees, belonging to lower and middle classes, from voting, the survey pointed out.

But 70 per cent working class hoped their participation would help improve quality of their life, adding election could also lead to overall improvement in quality of education, health and infrastructure.

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