The BJP is looking to gather a young crowd for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Allahabad on June 13, following the party’s national executive meet.
BJP youth wing Yuva Morcha and RSS student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad members are conducting youth-contact programmes in Allahabad University, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and coaching institutes in all districts of Kashi region to invite youths for the rally.
Overall, BJP is expecting a crowd of around 4 lakh at the rally, among which at least one lakh would be youths.
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At the rally venue — Parade ground — separate spaces would be reserved for youths and women.
“The universities and colleges are shut these days. But there are still a large number of students, like research scholars, who stay in universities’ hostels. Coaching institutes are also open for students preparing for competitive examinations. Nearly 300 workers of Yuva Morcha have been deputed at universities and coaching institutes to invite youths to PM’s rally,” said Manish Singh, BJP Yuva Morcha state vice-president, in Allahabad.
“The ABVP is also helping in approaching youths. Special attention is being given to BHU and Allahabad University because students from different states and even foreign countries study there,” he added. ABVP has its organisational set up in the universities and colleges of Kashi region.
A BJP leader said the party understands the significance of young voters. “At the rally, the PM and other speakers are likely to speak on the decisions taken by the Centre to improve quality of higher education and schemes like MUDRA that is aimed to generate jobs for them,” he claimed.
“The BJP top brass often alleges that the Akhilesh government has failed to provide employment to youths. We are sure that the party will include youth-related issues in the agenda of the national executive meet,” said another leader.
BJP’s Kashi region media in-charge Sanjay Bhardwaj said: “The Allahabad rally will send out a message for change and youths will play a key role in bringing about that change in UP. People from nearly 80 Assembly constituencies will attend the rally.”
Meanwhile, the party has engaged 3,000 youth workers to run a cleanliness campaign in Allahabad district from June 8 to June 14. The workers would clean ghats, public places, roads, parks and also areas around the rally venue.