Narendra Modi goes all out to woo youth

The crowd,included students from IITs,IIMs,Delhi University,and Bangalore.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: October 3, 2013 12:25:06 am

BJP’S prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi sought to woo the youth by using a language they understand — social media. “I am very active on social media. Let the government neglect your solutions,I would like you to share your ideas with me through open debate online,and I assure you that your effort will not go in vain,” he said.

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The crowd,which included students from IITs,IIMs,Delhi University,and universities from Bangalore,Hyderabad,Chennai and elsewhere,responded with loud cheers.

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“People celebrate every important event in their lives but they forget that when they turn 18,it gives them a very important right — the right to cast vote and elect a government. I want them to celebrate that day too… All of you who are on WhatsApp should write this every morning to your friends: I am a voter,are you?” said Modi,addressing the youth event organised by NGO Citizens for Accountable Governance. “In India,where think tanks,decision makers and implementing agencies are separate,there is a huge disconnect between them. The US involves its educational institutes,which do extensive research and give a solution,which is then implemented after consultations with the scholars. If India cannot take solutions on framing policies from its youth,it will never succeed,” he said.

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Meanwhile,the NGO,which was set up in May this year,said it had invited leaders from across the political spectrum,including Sonia Gandhi,Rahul Gandhi and Sheila Dikshit. While none of the three turned up,Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi attended a panel discussion.

Among the others present were Arun Jaitley,Ram Jethmalani,Chandrababu Naidu,Arif Mohammed Khan,Nirmala Sitharaman,Dinesh Trivedi and Yogendra Yadav.

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