“My husband has not visited us from past two years. I want him to come so that we can caste our votes together. Moreover, he will meet our children,” said Rampiyari hesitantly.

Rampiyari’s statement somewhere ignited a debate that a large percentage of voters in eastern Uttar Pradesh are not able to cast their votes because at the time of elections they are not present in their native places as they all are busy earning livelihood in other states.   

The bitter truth is the young blood of the area till the time gets eligible for voting starts grappling with the problem of unemployment. And then they start moving out of their native places to states like Delhi, Mumbai, Punjab, Haryana and even Thailand and North Korea in the search of a better future.

These men, who are being forced into marriages at very young age, leave their wives back home to earn a living.

When the entire country is wrapped in the excitement of elections and is wishing to make a difference through their votes, Rampiyari too wants to participate in the elections.

The 16th Lok Sabha elections have produced an outrage in the country. India is voting for a better future and that is the reason all the people, who have migrated in search of employment, are coming back to their villages to cast their votes. And the ones who are not willing to come are being urged by their families to come and vote. To make sure that their family members come back home and participate in this democratic exercise, some are using the local connections, a few are using mobile phones and the ones who do not have these facilities are writing to their husbands.

The candidates are seeking votes in the settlements based along the banks of Ganga, Gomti, Rapti and Narayani rivers with a promise to bring a change in their lives.

When the Britishers declared eastern-Uttar Pradesh and Bihar as the labor majority area, they took the laborers to countries like Fiji, Mauritius, Suriname, and Guyana. These labourers after transcending the boundaries of the country were called the migrated laborers.

These migrated labors are doing well in the countries abroad but there is dearth of laborers in eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

These labourers are spread all over Kolkata, Mumbai and even Thailand and Korea.

Voting in Valmikinagar, West Champaran, East Champaran, Vaishali, GopalGanj, Sivan, Mirzapur, Varanasi, Chandauli, Ghazipur, Jaunpur, Balia, Devaria, Kushi Nagar, Gorakhpur and Maharajganj will take place on the last phase of polls on 12th of May.

Schools and colleges are closed in the month of May. As a result, it is expected that the voting percentage may go up.