This year in just a few weeks time the 17th Lok Sabha election in India will take place. The election will be conducted in seven phases, starting from April 11 and ending on May 19. The results of the election will be declared on May 23.
There are more than 900 million valid voters who will cast their votes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a special initiative to spread the awareness regarding the voting. He has requested former and current star cricketers to spread awareness regarding the upcoming election.
PM Modi will hope for his second mandate this time. He also said that if this year the election is a record turnout, then the winner will be the democracy itself.
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Dhoni, Kohli, Sachin and many others tagged
The PM chose twitter as his medium and tagged current cricketers like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. He also chose former greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman to spread his message.
He wanted these star players to inspire people to come out and vote. This election will see over 15 million new voters and every party will be eager to win the support of these debutants.
Apart from cricketers, Modi also reached out to legendary musicians like Lata Mangeshkar and AR Rahman. Modi has become the popular preference recently after the second surgical strike in response to the Pulwama attack.
On the other hand the opposition is trying to bring up issues like unemployment, Rafale and rural distress. Congress also roped in Priyanka Gandhi, sister of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, in their campaign. She is leading the party in eastern UP where Modi’s constituency (Varanasi) is located. She has started her campaign from Modi’s home state of Gujarat on Tuesday.
The cricketers and musicians haven’t yet responded to the PM’s call. But they are expected to respond very soon. The cricketers are expecting a tough season ahead with the upcoming World Cup starting in May in England and Wales.