Will India record its best-ever voter turnout in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls? It won’t come as a surprise with Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking it upon himself to spread the message of ‘Vote Kar’ across the country. PM Modi is taking help of the celebrities for the mission, and with the massive fan following some of them enjoy, citizens might just reach the voting booths in big numbers. Ajay Devgn, Kriti Sanon, Rajkummar Rao and R Madhavan propagated the Prime Minister’s message with affirmative responses.
After tagging some of the biggest names of the country on March 14 as a part of the initiative ‘Vote for India’ or ‘Vote Kar’, PM Modi tweeted to many other celebrities on Sunday. Tweeting to Sushant Singh Rajput, Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon, PM wrote, “I call upon @itsSSR, @TheAaryanKartik and @kritisanon to help increase voter awareness. You are the younger generation that is taking Indian cinema places. The power of youth will also strengthen our democracy. Tell everyone- #VoteKar.”
Kriti replied, “Voting is not only our right but also our duty! Every single vote matters. Lets be responsible citizens and help make a difference! I urge all the eligible citizens to please vote for the government that You want.. #VoteKar. (sic)”
PM had also taken his ‘Vote Kar’ message to Madhur Bhandarkar, Vivek Agnihotri and Rajkummar Rao, “Dear @imbhandarkar, @vivekagnihotri and @RajkummarRao, Your work in the cinema industry has touched upon interesting and innovative themes. Your words and actions matter. I request you to increase voter awareness and motivate youth to vote in large numbers. #VoteKar.”
The ‘Newton’ star had a strong answer, “India is the largest democracy in the world and voting is one of the most important powers we have as a democracy. Let’s make sure that all of us vote in this upcoming 2019 elections because every vote matters.”
To Hrithik Roshan and R Madhavan, PM had tweeted, “Dear @iHrithik and @ActorMadhavan, Your work has stood out not only for the entertainment quotient but also for the passion and hardwork behind it. As widely respected voices, if you lend your voice towards increasing voter awareness, it strengthens India's democracy. #VoteKar.”
Maddy replied, “Dear Shri Modi ji. Sir.Your unrelenting passion for strengthening Democracy in this country, is totally and completely supported by me and it will not just be an Honour and privelege, but my ardent duty to assist you in this endeavor. Thank you for personally reminding us.”
PM had used smart wordplay and urged ‘Total Dhamaal’ stars Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit Nene and Anil Kapoor to do so at the ticket booths too. “Dear @AnilKapoor, @ajaydevgn & @MadhuriDixit, After the box office, it is time to create Total Dhamaal at the polling booths. Your support to the #VoteKar movement will augur well for India’s democracy. Let us ensure high voter turnout!”
The ‘Singham star’ wrote, “I will vote for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. So should you all. #VoteKar.”
On March 14, PM Modi had similarly urged many other prominent personalities of various fields like Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt and many others, and they carried forward PM’s message of ‘Vote for India’ strongly to their fans and followers.
PM Narendra Modi reached out to prominent personalities from a wide spectrum of society soon after posting a blog in which he made “four requests for democracy”. This comes just two weeks ahead of the first phase of the Lok Sabha election.
In his blog, PM Modi said the election is an “occasion for celebration” while asserting that “not voting causes great anguish”.
“Would you want a situation where something happens in the country that you disapprove of and you are forced to think - because I did not go vote that day, this unfortunate situation has arisen and the nation is suffering,” reads PM Modi’s latest blog.
“Spare yourself from that regret and go vote,” advises the prime minister, who also said that by voting, people connect themselves with the country’s dreams and aspirations.
The “four requests”, as put out by PM Narendra Modi, are for the eligible voters to get themselves registered, make sure their names figure in the list of electoral rolls, plan their voting schedule to make sure they use franchise and to mobilise friends and families to vote in large numbers.
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