Thrissur: Lottery sellers in Thrissur were excited to share their hopes on the Lok Sabha elections. According to them, this time India is going to witness a tough competition in the polls. “No party is going to win lottery in the polls,” they said while sealing the lottery tickets at the lottery center near Post Office. They hinted that no party is going to win the elections with massive majority.
Ali, a lottery seller from Choondal, is an ardent follower of leader K Karunakaran. He is a differently abled man who has been selling lottery for a long period in Thrissur.
“Thrissur is a strong centre of UDF. The dispute over seat among the groups affected the decision of candidate. Because of this, the party lost its hold in Thrissur. Though this time, the poll will stage a tough battle, I hope TN Prathapan will win the elections by making UDF proud,” said Ali with a confident voice.
Meanwhile, Pudukkad native Velayudan asserted that LDF candidate Rajaji Thomas will be the winner.
“Raja is an eminent leader who served in international youth groups. Apart from protecting the interests and beliefs of youth, he will serve the public according to their needs. He will be the best MP from Thrissur,” said Velayudhan.
When UDF and LDF followers predicted the winner according to their wish, Cheroor native Valsala responded about the polls without much excitement.
“I am not sure about the winner. I used to cast vote. But I am not interested in the discussions on elections. It is because, no MP is going to make any benefits for lottery sellers,” she said with a hint of disapproval.
Responding on NDA candidate actor-Rajya Sabha MP Suresh Gopi, another lottery seller Jayan stated that he is not sure about whether Suresh Gopi will win the elections.
“I am not predicting that Suresh Gopi will win or lose the elections. But I am sure that whoever be the winner, he will not get a massive majority of votes. I think Suresh Gopi will divert the votes from LDF and UDF,” said Jayan.
Sharing their expectations on the elections, they also expressed their disappointment over the government.
“GST and demonetization affected us. Police crack down on money lenders closed our only option to take loan. But the government did not make any arrangements to grant us loan from banks. No bank will give us loan even after visiting them hundred times,” condemned Valsala Jayan.
At the same time, 74-year-old lottery seller Subramanian revealed that he never trusts any political party.
“I cast vote on the basis of the candidate’s personality. We will not have any advantage by casting vote on the basis of the party. All party have good and bad people. So far, I have not decided on the candidate to cast my vote,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mukkattukara native Chakoru stated that he skipped voting for many years due to ill health. But he expressed hope that Congress will win the elections.