Expats say Karnataka election is a serious affair

Abu Dhabi: A cross-section of expatriates from Karnataka who spoke to Gulf News on Sunday said the state election is very important and people are serious about it.

“People are discussing the elections seriously and I am sure the results will impact national politics,” said Ramesh Shetty, 53, a restaurant owner in the capital.


He wants the politicians to treat everyone equally, irrespective of one’s identity or status and deliver corruption-free governance. “That’s all common people want; nothing else,” said Shetty who is from Mangalore and has been living in the capital for 30 years.

He said he does not expect anything extra for NRIs (Non-Resident Indians). “If there is good governance, it will benefit NRIs as well,” Shetty said.

Loyola Pinto, a project engineering manager in the capital, said people living in the state and NRIs are looking forward to this election very seriously. “Even people from other states are seriously discussing it. Wherever Indians meet, this is the major discussion. Definitely it will have a national repercussion,” said Pinto, an Abu Dhabi resident for 25 years.

He expects a huge turnout in the voting as people are really looking forward to it.

“What I expect from politicians is to keep their promises and their humble behaviour during election campaign. Most of them become arrogant the moment they get power,” said Pinto who is from Dakshina Kannada.

He too does not expect any particular measures for the NRIs.

Manohar Tonse, 55, a banker in Abu Dhabi, also said as people a across India are eagerly looking for Karnataka election results, it will have a national impact. People just expect that politicians will deliver their promises, said Tonse, an Abu Dhabi resident for 29 years.

“They have to just deliver it. Otherwise they should not give such promises,” said the expatriate from Udupi.

As an NRI, he expects that the new government will do something to rehabilitate NRIs who are returning after losing their jobs. “They should create an investment- friendly environment also,” Tonse said.

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