24 February will mark the day when Ludhiana will see its Municipal Corporation elections and to encourage people to participate optimally, district administration has started massive efforts with the help of various NGOs. More than 200 youngsters have taken part under the ‘I vote I lead’ banner.
On Saturday, an awareness event was organised at the Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Market, wherein Payal SDM- cum- returning officer Swati Tiwana was the chief guest. The chief guest said, " India is world’s largest democracy, where every citizen has the right to vote. But it was seen that some people do not take part in the election or use their votes due to fear and influence".
She urged people to make necessary and fair use of their votes on February 24. She further said that this campaign would continue to create awareness among voters. She hoped that in these elections citizens will participate in a large number and strengthen democracy.
Renowned Punjabi singer and music composer Sukshinder Shinda visited Ludhiana to support the 'I Vote, I Lead' voter awareness campaign. He was hosted by Harjinder Singh Kukreja, a social activist, and the team of Initiators of Change, at a venue in Sarabha Nagar market. The team of youngsters executing the campaign for Ludhiana were also present on the occasion.
Addressing the media, Shinda said: "I'm extremely happy to be a part of this movement, and support the 'I Vote, I Lead' campaign. Voting is a right we have achieved after a struggle for hundreds of years, and not using it is itself an insult to the nation's freedom fighters, who died fighting for this right. We must all go out and vote smartly, by reading and knowing about our candidates."
Kukreja said: "It is wonderful that public figures and celebrities like Shinda are supporting democratic values, and have come out to campaign for a higher voter turnout in the upcoming elections. The youth follow celebrities like Shinda, and will definitely go out to vote on his appeal."
Talking about the campaign, Gauravdeep Singh (founder of Initiators of Change) said: "We have been running voter awareness campaigns for the past three elections, and have been highly successful in creating a positive impact in the minds of Ludhiana's citizens towards voting and its importance. We are thankful to personalities like Shinda and Kukreja who took time out to support a cause for the youth."
(With inputs from The Tribune and TOI)