Do Vote is the new campaign the Pune unit of India Against Corruption (IAC) has launched in the city ahead of the February 16 civic polls. The aim is to spread awareness on importance of voting and how every single vote matters in the democratic exercise. Do Vote is not directed against any party.
The campaign was encouraged by the huge awareness the IAC had created during Anna Hazares Lokpal agitation. While Team Anna is undertaking a campaign on various issues,including the Lokpal in the poll-bound states,and is laying stress on the stand of political parties on the Lokpal Bill,the issue will not figure in the campaign by the Pune unit of the IAC.
The aim,according to IAC,is to awaken voters from their slumber. The focus is on the democratic exercise and not on political issues.
All we want is tell people it is important to vote. Whom they want to vote is their discretion. The voting percentage should go up, said Rajesh Mittal,an IAC coordinator,who added that the campaign would focus on the middle class and upper middle class which,according to Mittal,are least enthusiastic about coming out to vote. Several NGOs such as Lokshahi Group,Pune Vikas and Lokkalyan Samiti,Parivartan Group,Art of Living and Rotary Club will participate in the drive.
According to Mittal,IAC is trying to bring all those interested in spreading awareness on the importance of voting together. We would go to each ward and speak to voters. We are also visiting colleges and meeting with young people. Social media,SMSes,emails will also be utilised to reach voters. On February 14 or the next day we are planning a big rally, said Mittal. IAC is also planning to rope in Hazare for one rally. We have contacted him but we couldnt get a commitment as he is unwell. Other Team Anna members are busy with there campaign in poll-bound states, said Mittal.