Lok Sabha Election 2019

When Prime Minister becomes election ambassador

Women show the indelible ink mark on their index fingers after casting votes in Hyderabad on Decenber ,7, 2018.

Women show the indelible ink mark on their index fingers after casting votes in Hyderabad on Decenber ,7, 2018.   | Photo Credit: AP


Narendra Modi tags friends and rivals in his tweets urging them to encourage greater voter participation in the Lok Sabha election.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an appeal via Twitter on Wednesday to his political rivals, Bollywood celebrities, sports and business personalities urging them to encourage greater voter participation in the Lok Sabha election.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it was a “hollow appeal”, as the BJP was preventing people from registering as voters. In a tweet, Mr. Kejriwal alleged that BJP chief Amit Shah was threatening to shut down the Aam Aadmi Party’s call centres through the Delhi Police.

Earlier, Mr. Modi had tweeted: “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.” He made the same appeal to his party’s allies.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav replied saying he was happy that the Prime Minister was also appealing to the “Maha Gathbandhan for “Maha Parivartan” (big change). “I too urge all the Indian citizens to turn up in large numbers for voting,” he said on Twitter.

Retweeting Mr. Modi’s tweet, the Congress said: “Modi takes time out of his busy campaigning schedule to make an appeal to young voters on the same day @RahulGandhi is speaking at a college in TN. Coincidence? We think not. To the people of India, we’ve said it before & we say it again #RegisterToVote”.

Mr. Modi also made the appeal to former President Pranab Mukherjee, Chief Ministers K. Chandrashekar Rao, Naveen Patnaik, H.D. Kumaraswamy and N. Chandrababu Naidu. He also reached out to film personalities Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, A.R. Rahman, Shankar Mahadevan and Karan Johar. 

Celebrity influencers

 “It is time to inspire and motivate youth in your own Andaz to vote so that we can strengthen Apna Democracy & Apna country,” was his message to Salman Khan and Aamir Khan.

Mr. Modi tagged an appeal to Akshay Kumar, Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Mohanlal and Nagarjuna.

“Requesting @deepikapadukone, @aliaa08 and @AnushkaSharma to urge people to vote in large numbers for the coming elections,” read another tweet.

Another message said: “Dear @BajrangPunia, @shankar_live and @BajpayeeManoj, Your talent and skill has entertained millions, and made India proud. Your voice is respected widely. Please lend strength to our democracy by increasing voter awareness and inspiring people to vote.”

 The Prime Minister’s message to Ranveer Singh, Varun Dhawan and Vicky Kaushal was: “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.”

Mr. Modi also urged several sports personalities, including Sachin Tendulkar, M.S. Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag, V.V.S. Laxman, Anil Kumble, Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth, to encourage greater voter participation.

Mr. Modi also made the appeal to industrialists Ratan Tata and Anand Mahindra, and BSE chief Ashish Chauhan. 

“Dear @SriSri ji, @SadhguruJV ji, @yogrishiramdev ji and Sri M, Spiritual leaders like you inspire many through words and work. I request you to also inspire people towards greater democratic participation,” said Mr. Modi.

Several people, including Mohanlal, Akshay Kumar, Ayushmann Khurrana, Vicky Kaushal, A.R. Rahman, Olympian Yogeshwar Dutt and Baba Ramdev, responded positively to the call, as did Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma. Mr. Mahindra also replied, describing the casting of vote as a sacred obligation of the citizens in a democracy.

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