PM Narendra Modi’s 4 requests to citizens for a 'stronger democracy'

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 13, 2019

As the Indian general elections draw closer, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to call out Indian celebrities from different fields, and even the leaders of opposition parties.

In his next tweet, he tagged Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and YSR Congress leader Jagan Mohan Reddy, urging them to "work towards bringing maximum Indians to the polling booths in the upcoming elections".

Modi also tagged actors Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh and Varun Dhawan among others saying, "I am sure their message will have a positive impact on our citizens". "Being among India's most prolific statesmen and someone who has been active in politics for decades, you would understand the power of a vote". The prime minister, who will seek his second mandate this time, said if this year's election could set a new record of turnout, then the real victor will be democracy itself. Just like you smash records, do also inspire a record-breaking voter turnout. Soon after PM Modi's tweet, Aamir Khan wrote: "Absolutely right sir, Hon PM".

He requested Neeraj Chopra, Yogeshwar Dutt and Sushil Kumar to encourage people so that "India wins here too". "Thoda Dum Lagaiye aur Voting ko Ek Superhit Katha banaiye", he had shared in one of the tweets.

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"It is time to tell them (youngsters): Apna Time Aa Gaya Hai (our time has come) and that it is time to turn up with high Josh (fervour) to a voting centre near you". "Higher voting means a stronger democracy and a stronger democracy means a developed India!" he wrote.

Tagging nearly 100 celebrated personalities from the fields of politics, entertainment, news media, sports and social work on Twitter, Narendra Modi urged them to leverage their popularity to "ensure high voter awareness and participation in the coming elections". He appealed to Ratan Tata, Anand Mahindra and Ashish Chauhan as well.

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