100 percent voting must for healthier democracy: Dr Bhagwat

Posted on Monday, 19 May 2014 | No Comments

Nagpur, October 13: In a strong and fervent appeal to the people, especially to the young and enthusiastic new voters, to fulfill their responsibility in a democratic polity to bring about the desired change in the country that would rid India of multi-faceted problems, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohanrao Bhagwat called for hundred per cent voting on the basis of issues, policies and character of the contestants. “Our 100 per cent voting will make democracy healthier”, he said.
Dr Bhagwat was delivering his annual Vijayadashami address at the Reshambag ground at an impressive function organized to commemorate 88th foundation day of the RSS. Noted historian, scholar, former Rajya Sabha Member Dr Lokesh Chandra, RSS Sarkaryawah Suresh alias Bhayyaji Joshi, Vidarbha Prant Sah-Sanghchalak Ram Harkare, Nagpur Mahanagar Sanghchalak Dr Dilip Gupta and his deputy Laxmanrao Pardikar shared the dais on the occasion.
In his nearly an hour-long address, the RSS Chief said that when those who were responsible to ensure the security and progress of the nation lack the necessary competence to face up to the task and even their very intentions became questionable, the society has to come forward and take up the daunting task with dedication and valor to surmount these challenges and save the democratic polity.
He said that the conditions prevalent in the nation have a direct bearing on the life of the entire population. The common masses elect their leaders and rulers. Therefore, it was quite natural for ordinary people to discuss the given situation, but they should do so for finding out a solution to the problems and not to get scared of it, he added.
Pinning his hopes on the youths, the RSS Chief said that a major segment of our population comprised of youths “who are full of vigor, conviction, and expectations and pure at heart to make any genuine and united efforts fruitful”. 
Pointing to the ensuing elections the RSS Chief exhorted the people to perform their temporary but immediate responsibility by participating in the ensuing elections. “Elections, in a democracy may be a matter of politics for the contesting candidates and their parties, but for common citizens it is an opportunity to perform our mandatory democratic duty”, he said. These elections give an opportunity to the common citizens to elect their representatives and they must discharge this duty as responsible voters, he said, adding that to perform this duty we must ensure that our names are included in the voters’ lists.

Author: Ram Madhav

Member, Central Executive, RSS Director, India Foundation, Delhi

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