Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, April 10:
This elections, for sure, is being fought as much on the ground as on the social media. The excitement among the youth, who are the drivers on most social media networks, about the opportunity to exercise their franchise is palpable in Odisha just as it is in the rest of the country.
A large number of youth took to social media networks like Facebook and Twitter in a big way to flaunt their index fingers with the indelible ink as something like a trophy and urged others to go to their nearest booth as polling was underway for 10 Lok Sabha and 70 Assembly seats today.
Obviously proud of being a part of democratic system, the youth, many of them first time voters, are sharing their pictures spreading various messages and urging others to participate in the democratic process.
The youth are spreading their messages through social media like Twitter and Facebook showing their fingers with indelible ink, which is applied by the polling official before casting of votes in EVMs.
“I cast my vote…did you?” asked Sanob Kumarwith a picture of his finger with indelible ink on it on Facebook.
“I did my work as an Indian citizen…n….u?” was another Facebook post by Pulak Chandan Sahu, again with a picture of his ink-smeared finger.
“ME AFTER CASTING MY VOTE AT MY VILLAGE REMANDA. MY VOTE IS FOR CHANGE, LET’S BUILD A BETTER FUTURE FOR BRAJRAJNAGAR, LET’S CHANGE THE LEADERSHIP OF BRAJRAJNAGAR,” wrote Sajjad Badshah.
Hashtags like #InkedForChange, #MyIndiaMyVote and #LSpolls are trending on Twitter.
Several candidates have also posted their pictures on Facebook urging the people to turn out in large numbers and be part of the historic moment.
BJP leaders like Suresh Pujari, Jual Oram, who are contesting Lok Sabha poll from Sambalpur and Sundargarh respectively, have shared their pictures while voting at the voting compartment.