With the general elections coming up, campaigns on raising awareness to vote have begun. In the same vein, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appealed to several Bollywood celebrities to increase voting awareness. He urged them to creatively inspire more people to come out and vote during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Prime Minister Modi took to his Twitter handle to urge Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Varun Dhawan, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar among others to encourage youngsters to cast their vote.
“My young friends @RanveerOfficial, @Varun_dvn & @vickykaushal09, Many youngsters admire you. 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,” tweeted Modiji.
He also sent out similar tweets to Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan.
“Urging @SrBachchan, @iamsrk and @karanjohar to creatively ensure high voter awareness and participation in the coming elections. Because...its all about loving your democracy (and strengthening it). :),” he tweeted.
“Voting is not only a right but it’s also a duty. Dear @BeingSalmanKhan and @aamir_khan. It is time to inspire and motivate youth in your own Andaz to vote so that we can strengthen Apna Democracy & Apna country,” PM Modi tweeted.
“Dear @akshaykumar, @bhumipednekar and @ayushmannk. The power of a vote is immense and we all need to improve awareness on its importance. Thoda Dum Lagaiye aur Voting ko Ek Superhit Katha banaiye,” he further tweeted.
Just minutes after the Prime Minister tweeted, a few of them started to respond to Modi’s request. Karan Johar took to Twitter to respond to PM’s request and said that as a fraternity, the film industry is dedicated to the cause of creating high voter awareness.
“Honourable Prime Minister @narendramodi we as a fraternity are dedicated to the cause of creating high voter awareness and will make sure every endeavour is made to communicate the power of voting for a solid and Democratic INDIA! Jai Hind!” wrote Karan Johar.
“Well said @narendramodi ji. The true hallmark of a democracy lies in people’s participation in the electoral process. Voting has to be a superhit prem katha between our nation and its voters,” Akshay tweeted.
Aamir Khan too replied and urged people to vote. “Absolutely right sir, Hon PM. Let us all engage as citizens of the biggest democracy in the world. Let us fulfill our responsibility, and avail of our right to get our voice heard. Vote,” he wrote.
“Honourable PM @narendramodi ji, as aware citizens and opinion leaders it is the duty of every public figure to spread this awareness. We need to vote in maximum numbers and restore faith in the world’s largest democracy. Jai Hind,” tweeted Ayushmann Khurrana.
“A vote is a nation’s voice. A nation’s choice. Use your voice. Make your choice. #Vote #Election2019,” Alia Bhatt tweeted.
“To all the citizens of this great democracy...each one of us have the right to vote, a power that comes with great responsibility.
And each one of us must become a part of shaping the future of our country. Go vote everyone!” tweeted Bhumi Pednekar.
Apart from B-town celebs, Modi has also urged other popular public figures including cricketers MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag.
Seven-phased elections in the country will begin on April 11, and will end on May 19. The counting of votes is scheduled to be done on May 23.