Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Will the 2009 general elections see a significant rise in IT professionals and the urban middle class voters casting their vote?

A group of professionals from the IT and corporate sectors spearheading the ‘LetsVote’ campaign in the State capital and playing a catalytic role to increase voters’ registration from these sections believe so.

“Our mission is to motivate urban middle class to shed its apathy and exercise the fundamental right to elect the right candidate. We do not expect overnight change in the mindset of urban voters but the response has been encouraging. About a lakh voters from the IT and corporate sectors registered themselves as voters following our campaign in the last two months,” says LetsVote movement convener J.A.Chowdary.

Positive difference

Hyderabad alone has around three lakh IT employees and along with their family members, the IT sector account for six lakh to seven lakh votes which could make a positive difference to polity, they say.

The group which was baffled to learn that hardly three per cent of employees in the software sector cared to cast their vote, started its campaign by visiting various IT companies besides service and health care sector in Hyderabad. The campaign hopes to increase the declining participation of youth and educated in electoral process at least by five per cent during this election and by 50 per cent in the next two years. “Our message is simple. Do not merely indulge in bashing political system. Change your attitude first to bring in the change you want by voting for the right candidate. Polling day is not to relax at home and watch TV,” say Bipin and Murali, IT professionals.

LetsVote is organising a ‘Pledge to Vote Walk’ in Hyderabad (from People’s Plaza to Tank Bund), Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam on April 5 to spread awareness and motivate people from all walks of life.