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City youth campaign for citizens’ consensus candidate

To garner support for the city’s first citizens’ consensus candidate, volunteers of Jagruk Nagrik Manch have appealed to youngsters across the Andheri West constituency as well as all over the city, to reach out to every single voter in the constituency and urge them to vote, reports Kasturi Bagwe.

mumbai Updated: Sep 30, 2009 01:30 IST
Kasturi Bagwe

To garner support for the city’s first citizens’ consensus candidate, volunteers of Jagruk Nagrik Manch have appealed to youngsters across the Andheri West constituency as well as all over the city, to reach out to every single voter in the constituency and urge them to vote.

“Through these elections we have to create a model and show the politicians that elections can be won without money, muscle power and divisive power. I appeal to the youngsters to go door-to-door and wake up the city,’ said Hansel D’souza, a lecturer of management, who also announced his election symbol as a nagara (a drum).

The Andheri West (165) constituency has a voter population of 2.88 lakh and areas like Manish Nagar, D.N. Road, Indian Oil Nagar, and Daulat Nagar are identified its weaker sections with less voter turnout.

Around 50 volunteers have been assigned to each of these areas. They will conduct door-to-door campaigns to ensure that the citizens exercise their fundamental right.

Starting Sept 30, padyatras will also be organised in all the 24 areas of the constituency.

Young volunteers have also been asked to campaign through text messages and social networking sites.

“I think it’s crucial that good people come into politics and I will even go door-to-door if required,” said Vishal Dadlani (36), a music composer and one of the celebrities who will campaign for the citizen consensus candidate.

Ashish Patankar, an architect, who has just signed up as a volunteer, said: “If we want change, we need to work for it.”