New Delhi: From politicians to film actors to sportsmen, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged all sections of people to encourage higher voter turnout in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, which will be held in Apr-May.
Modi took to Twitter to urge several politicians including his arch-rival and Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
“I appeal to @RahulGandhi, @MamataOfficial, @PawarSpeaks, @Mayawati, @yadavakhilesh, @yadavtejashwi and @mkstalin to encourage increased voter participation in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. A high turnout augurs well for our democratic fabric.”
“I call upon KCR Garu, @Naveen_Odisha, @hd_kumaraswamy, @ncbn and @ysjagan to work towards bringing maximum Indians to the polling booths in the upcoming elections. May voter awareness efforts be strengthened across the length and breadth of India.”
Urging sports personalities, the Prime Minister tweeted, “India is proud of @Neeraj_chopra1, @DuttYogi and @WrestlerSushil. However, they made India win because they participated. I request Neeraj, Yogeshwar and Sushil to encourage people to participate in the elections and vote so that India wins here too!”
“Dear @srikidambi, @Pvsindhu1 & @NSaina, The core of badminton is the court and the core of democracy is the vote. Just like you smash records, do also inspire a record-breaking voter turnout. I request you to increase voter awareness & motivate youth to vote in large numbers.”
Urging the Indian cricketers, Modi said: ” Dear @msdhoni, @imVkohli and @ImRo45, You are always setting outstanding records on the cricketing field but this time, do inspire the 130 crore people of India to set a new record of high voter turnout in the upcoming elections. When this happens, democracy will be the winner! ”
From actor Ranveer Singh to Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone, the Prime Minister urged all saying, “My young friends @RanveerOfficial, @Varun_dvn & @vickykaushal09,
Many youngsters admire you. It is time to tell them: Apna Time Aa Gaya Hai and that it is time to turn up with high Josh to a voting centre near you.”
“Requesting @deepikapadukone, @aliaa08 and @AnushkaSharma to urge people to vote in large numbers for the coming elections. As renowned film personalities whose work is admired by many, I am sure their message will have a positive impact on our citizens.”
Also Modi wished several Chief Ministers as well as media persons.
He said: “Dear @sarbanandsonwal, @himantabiswa, @SangmaConrad and @Neiphiu_Rio, I request you to work towards increasing vote awareness in the Northeast. A vote is a powerful way for people to express and become active participants in India’s growth trajectory.”
“I appeal to @RubikaLiyaquat, @anjanaomkashyap, @sudhirchaudhary, @rahulkanwal and the team of @republic to spread awareness on voter registration, and why every Indian, particularly the youth should vote. Your support can ensure more people exercise their franchise.”
The Lok Sabha polls, which will decide whether Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will get a straight second time, will run from Apr 11 and May 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 19.