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Parties ride on youth power

The Lok Sabha election this year is witnessing a new trend in Chandigarh: the involvement of the youth. Youngsters are seen actively working with various political parties and participating in the electoral process.

Written by Khushboo Sandhu | Chandigarh |
April 22, 2009 3:32:42 am

The Lok Sabha election this year is witnessing a new trend in Chandigarh: the involvement of the youth. Youngsters are seen actively working with various political parties and participating in the electoral process. From working in the call centres set up by parties to conducting door-to-door surveys or helping with the rallies,the youth power is acting as the backbone of the election campaigns this time round.

With youngsters comprising a substantial part of the electorate in the city,this change is being viewed as a positive indicator.

Nearly 30 youngsters are working at the BJP call centre,dialling the phone numbers of voters to know their preference. They have already interacted with more than one lakh voters across the city.

BJP spokesperson Davesh Moudgil says: “The youth play an important role in organising padyatras and rallies. The awareness is more this year. More and more youngsters are coming forward and volunteering to work for the elections. Election-day duties have also been assigned to them. Their high energy levels affect those around them and encourage others to put their foot forward.”

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In the Congress,nearly 18,000 youngsters in the age group of 18 to 23 years have enrolled in the last few months. Vikram Bansal,who is helping coordinate the campaigns,says the involvement of the youth will act as an undercurrent during these elections.

“The revised electoral rolls will be released soon. The youngsters will conduct door-to-door surveys and reach out to the residents. They also form an important part of the rallies that the party organises. Various tasks are assigned to them,” he says.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP),too,is also making use of the youth power. BSP leader Jatinder Bhatia says from distributing literature to interacting with residents in various parts of the city,the youngsters are making their presence felt in the elections.

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