‘Modi’s student supporters yet to register as voters’

A recent sample survey — conducted at the MS University,Sardar Patel University and Gujarat University — reveals a lack of awareness among students on how to register themselves as voters

Written by Kumar Anand | Vadodara | Published: September 16, 2013 6:13:15 am

A recent sample survey — conducted at the MS University,Sardar Patel University and Gujarat University — reveals a lack of awareness among students on how to register themselves as voters. The random sample of 3,000 students or roughly 3 per cent of the around one lakh students enrolled in the three universities,by a group of academics from these varsities,shows that nearly 70 per cent college students,who have reached the voting age,are yet to register themselves as voters.

“College students are vocal,active,honest,with an open mind,and do not bring too much considerations regarding caste,creed,religion when deciding on who they should vote for,” said Suresh Patani,head of mobile hospital division of Baroda Medical College,who spearheaded the exercise involving five academics.

Patani has served as a government-nominated senate and syndicate member of the MSU and does not hide his affiliation with the BJP and his admiration for Chief Minister Narendra Modi. “The idea of the survey was triggered after I saw Modi addressing students in New Delhi. Our survey suggests that a majority of college students want Modi to be the next prime minister. But if they are not enrolled as voters,their fascination for Modi will yield the BJP little political benefit. The real challenge for the party will be to get them registered as voters as over 90 per cent students want to exercise their voting rights,” Patani said.

The highlight of the survey is an overwhelming support for Modi as the next PM,with 70 per cent of those surveyed vouching for his development-oriented,strong leadership,against 17 per cent who support Congress’s Rahul Gandhi. It also reveals that only 28 per cent Muslim students support Modi against Rahul’s 43 per cent; 20 per cent Christian students support Modi and 47 per cent support Rahul. It points out that despite overwhelming support for Modi,only 35 per cent of his supporters in colleges are registered as voters against Rahul’s 43 per cent.

“The survey suggests that despite their support for Modi,a majority are not useful electorally because of not being registered as voters. If the party wants to reap the benefit of this support,they should insist on students getting registered as voters,” Patani said.

Jairam: Modi ‘boastful’,Rahul a quiet worker

Jaipur: In a veiled attack on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate,Narendra Modi,Union Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday called him ‘boastful’,‘aggressive’,and ‘offensive’. Without taking names,Ramesh said that ‘some people in the country are always boasting about themselves and claim I have done this,I will do that… I have a magic wand that will solve all problems’.

Defending Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi,Ramesh said that in contrast to this ‘boastful’ leader,Rahul never makes tall claims and does not even mention things he has achieved. “Over the last seven years,Rahul has been working in 40 districts of Uttar Pradesh towards empowering women self-help groups and has engaged five lakh women workers,but he has never given any statement on this matter because he believes in work and work alone,” Ramesh told reporters here. “Rahul firmly believes in empowerment and right to opportunity and does not beat the drum of proclamation. Rahul’s personality is very different from this leader. He does his work quietly,listens to everyone,takes advice patiently. He is not aggressive or offensive. He delegates responsibilities to others in a very systematic manner.”

Hitting out at the Gujarat CM’s tall claims of development,Ramesh said,“This leader thinks no one in the entire world can do what he has done. The world begins and ends with him. “ ens

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