PM Modi urges MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Sachin Tendulkar to do this important thing - Hindustan Times

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With Sunday’s announcement of polling dates for the upcoming general elections, India is gearing up to elect members of the 17th Lok Sabha. And Prime Minister Narendra Modi is using his massive Twitter following to implore fellow citizens to vote.

In a latest round of tweets, Modi has urged prominent Indian personalities, including cricketers to leverage their following and to inspire their fellow countrymen to come exercise their voting rights.

Addressing the current Indian team’s stalwarts Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, Modi wrote: “Dear @msdhoni, @imVkohli and @ImRo45, You are always setting outstanding records on the cricketing field but this time, do inspire the 130 crore people of India to set a new record of high voter turnout in the upcoming elections. When this happens, democracy will be the winner!”

In an earlier tweet he addressed the legends Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag.

“Dear @anilkumble1074, @VVSLaxman281 and @virendersehwag - your heroic deeds on the cricket pitch have inspired millions. Come, it is time to inspire people once again, this time to vote in record numbers.”

He had earlier tagged the legendary Sachin Tendulkar along with singer Lata Mangeshkar and musician AR Rahman with the message: “When @mangeshkarlata Didi, @sachin_rt and @arrahman say something, the nation takes note! I humbly request these remarkable personalities to inspire more citizens to come out and vote in the 2019 elections. A vote is a great way to make the people’s voice heard.”

The 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be held in seven phases, beginning 11 April and the counting will begin on 23 May.

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First Published: Mar 13, 2019 12:10 IST

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