NEW DELHI: BJP President Amit Shah has set his eyes on the first batch of voters of the 21st Century, who will start getting their democratic rights from January 1 next year. Seeking to connect them to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘New India’ exhortation, Shah is learnt to have asked all the BJP MPs to launch campaigns to saffronise these young voters.
The BJP estimates that there would be about 35 million youngsters with the label of the first voters of the 21st century when they turn 18 next year. “In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, there were 23 million voters in the 18-19 age group.
Taking into account the population growth, we are expecting that the same age group in the 2019 Lok sabha elections will be about 35 millions, which will roughly account for five per cent of the total electorate in the country,” said a close aide of the BJP chief.
Before the Monsoon Session of Parliament concludes, Shah is learnt to have met party MPs of both the Houses of Parliament and impressed upon them of the opportunity to stay ahead of the rivals in connecting with the voters carrying a lot of symbolic values.
“When the Prime Minister dreams of heralding New India, it becomes incumbent upon the BJP to be the voice and hope of the youth of this century. All the MPs have been asked to begin connecting with the youth who are currently in 16-18 age groups. The MPs have been asked to hold conventions in their respective constituencies, which should be solely focused on such youth,” added the BJP functionary.
Incidentally, the BJP had “run away” with the votes of the electorate in the 18-22 age group in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The party claims to have bagged about 37 per cent votes of this age group.
“The state units of the BJP will coordinate with the MPs to reach out to the first voters of the 21st Century, while efforts will also be made to make them members of the party. The BJP will make special efforts to familiarise this special age group of the youth with the ideology of the party ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay,” said the BJP functionary.
Ten crore new voters were added in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections against the 2009 polls. The BJP claims that there could be 10-15 crore new voters in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Since the first batch of voters would mostly be in schools and colleges, the party MPs have been asked to also help them connect with various programmes of the NDA government at the Centre, which stress self-employment, besides availing various scholarship programmes.