Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet called upon Olympian badminton players PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth to “motivate youth in the country to vote in large numbers”.
The tweet reads: “Dear @srikambi, @Pvsindhu1 &@NSaina, The core of badminton is the court and the core of democracy is the vote. Just like you smash records, do also inspire a record-breaking voter turnout. I request you to increase voter awareness & motivate youth to vote in large numbers.”
In another tweet to MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, PM Modi wrote: “Dear @msdhoni, @imVkohli and @ImRo45, You are always setting outstanding records on the cricketing field but this time, to inspire the 130 crore people of India to set a new record of high voter turnout in the upcoming elections. When this happens, democracy will be the winner!”
In a tweet, PM Modi also called upon regional publications Mathrubhumi, Dinathanthi and Eenadu and editors such as Aroon Purie, Rahul Joshi and Sanjay Gupta.
“The media plays a vital role in a democracy. It is also a strong influence on people’s minds. I request @sanjaygupta0702,@aroonpurie and @18RahulJoshi to work towards greater voter awareness and registration that ensures an impressive turnout at the hustings.”
PM Modi has also requested other celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan to drive home this message.