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Sonia asks intellectuals to come out and vote

Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Saturday urged the intellectual citizens of Lucknow not to sit back and relax during the voting hours and cast their vote as every vote is precious.

lucknow Updated: Apr 25, 2009 21:21 IST

Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Saturday urged the intellectual citizens of Lucknow not to sit back and relax during the voting hours and cast their vote as every vote is precious.

Addressing a closed-door meeting to which the media was not allowed, Gandhi, according to Congress sources, interacted with the intellectual citizens of Lucknow on her return from Rae Bareli and urged them not to shun voting.

She said the intellectual class feels a lot for the country and also thinks a lot for the country but when it comes to voting, the class rather shuns it. Hence, they need to come out of the houses and go to polling booths, she added.

During the nearly 40-minute meeting attended by almost 150 people, Gandhi urged the intellectuals to create awareness so that more and more pople cast their vote.

During their interaction with Gandhi, the intellectuals requested her to ensure grant of status of central university to University of Lucknow, to which the UPA chairperson assured them she would look into the matter.

The UPA chairperson also got a request from advocates to consult them before any reform or law pertaining to the judiciary is tabled in Parliament, said the sources.

Filmmaker Muzaffar Ali was also present in the meeting.