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Advani plans to rope in youth

The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate,L K Advani,on Monday unveiled an ambitious “Mission Young India”....

Written by Suman K Jha | New Delhi | Published: January 13, 2009 2:46:16 am

The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate,L K Advani,on Monday unveiled an ambitious “Mission Young India”,listing “education” and “employment-intensive economic growth” as his government’s priorities if voted to power in the next elections.

Addressing a function in Bangalore,he announced the launch of a national service mission “ek kaam desh ke naam,” wherein he exhorted young minds to “undertake voluntary activities across the nation”.

Advani also dwelled on the “spirit of voluntary service”. “Is it not possible,by revamping programmes like NCC and NSS,to channelise the enormous energy of our students and youth to achieve goals such as Swachcha Bharat (clean India),Swastha Bharat (healthy India),Saakshar Bharat (literate and educated India),and Surakshit Bharat (secure India),” he said.

Meanwhile,the BJP launched a campaign to involve Young India,especially the alumni networks of IIMs,IITs,NITs,and Kendriya Vidyalayas,for Advani’s campaign. The 1,500 volunteers registered with Advani’s website are being asked to take the campaign to their neighbourhoods,universities,and cyberspace,and “help enlist at least five volunteers each with the team.”

Taking a cue from Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and Narendra Modi’s successful use of the Internet and YouTube as campaign tools,the volunteers are being asked to tie up with local BJP/NDA leaders and make extensive use of the Internet.

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