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> Here in the North Indian state of Punjab, people are preparing for an election just one week away. This corner of India is traditionally one of India's wealthiest. There's a large agricultural sector. However, it hasn't fared so well in recent years. There's high levels of youth unemployment, allegations of vast corruption.
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And a problem with drug addiction among young people. That's got all young Punjabis feeling anxious. Newer political parties want to capitalize on that in this weekend's polls. Young, inexperienced candidates are joining up with the a smaller anti-corruption party, the Aam Aadmi. Take Rupinder Kaur Ruby, a 27 year old law student with one message, jobs for young people.
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If political amateurs like her show strong in the election, it's a serious warning to prime minister Narendra Modi and his ruling BJP. From what we heard, Punjab's the perfect place to drum up support for change. We've been out speaking to young people across the state of Punjab. Many of them are anxious.
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They're underemployed or unemployed but they're also graduates and they're hungry for better paying jobs. Young people say they don't want to work in the farms. They want jobs in offices and air-conditioned shopping malls, and there just aren't those in this state. So many have moved abroad, or to other parts of India.
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These are the people that voted Narendra Modi in the 2014 election that brought him to power. While at the moment this is a local issue and this is a local election, the issues are very national. If Modi can't deliver jobs for these young people who are graduates, who want to get on in life, then he faces a real problem.