So, One Billion Voters — an initiative by Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, in partnership with Hindustan Times, has developed a comprehensive website www.myobv.org to create awareness among this segment about the coming polls. This is an extension of the Jaago Re campaign, which was a huge hit among students across the country.
The website has everything related to the polls — from names of candidates to party details, financial assets, education, background and views on important policy matters.
“This website is a great idea,” said Shambhavi Singh (18), first-year student of applied psychology at Amity University and a first-time voter, “I won’t say I am good at politics, but now at least I can read about the choices.”
Janaagraha gave a presentation on the website at Amity on Wednesday. They requested students to join their campaign to make more people aware of the cause. “Apart from the information available through the Election Commission, our members have contacted each and every candidate personally to collect as much data as possible,” said Suman R, a Janaagraha member who interacted with students.
Although exams are on at the university, its auditorium was packed. “We couldn’t have missed it for anything. I had heard a lot about the Jaago Re campaign and how they were actually making a difference,” said Preet Shah, a first-year student of psychology.
Some students from outside the city were also charged up to campaign door-to-door with the group. “I would love to campaign, even though this city is new to me. I can at least go and speak to our day scholars and motivate them to vote,” said Ashwathy Sushila Devi, a first-year MBA student from Kerala.