PM Narendra Modi urges Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar and Ashwin to ‘encourage voter participation’

Previously, he had also reached out to the likes of MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Anil Kumble and other cricketers for the same purpose.

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi. (Photo Source: Twitter)

With the Lok Sabha polls just a handful of days away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has once again come forward to seek help from the cricketing fraternity to encourage voter participation in the upcoming elections. Earlier this month, the Election Commission of India announced the dates for the Lok Sabha election 2019. The Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19. The votes will be counted on May 23 and the results will likely be declared on the same day.

And to make sure every eligible citizen of the nation exercises his or her right to vote, Prime Minister Modi has been seeking help from the famous faces to reach out to masses. In a series of tweets, Mr. Modi tagged prominent personalities across various sectors, urging them to do their bits in encouraging the voters. In one of his tweets, he also asked India cricket stars Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and R Ashwin to come forward and motivate the voters.

” On the cricket field, @SDhawan25, @BhuviOfficial and @ashwinravi99 shine with their incredible talent and absolute commitment towards their team. I urge them to encourage greater voter awareness and voter participation. Young India will follow their lead. #VoteKar,” the Prime Minister wrote in his tweet.

Previously, he had also reached out to the likes of MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Anil Kumble and other cricketers for the same purpose.

IPL and elections

This is the third time the general elections and the ongoing Indian Premier League have clashed. But unlike the previous two occasions, the IPL is being staged entirely in the country. On the first two occasions, the IPL had to be shifted out of the country after the government made it clear it would not be able to provide the requirements for the games.

In 2009, the entire IPL was shifted to South Africa. Five years later, the early part of the competition was played in the UAE before returning to the country. However, this year the BCCI patiently waited for the elections dates to be announced before chalking out the plans. After announcing the schedule for the first two weeks, the board waited for the election dates before announcing the dates for the league phase. The dates and venues for the playoffs and finals are yet to be finalised.

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