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Gurugram students sing, dance to urge people to vote in elections

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Students in Gurugram are going all out to encourage people to vote. From painting the city walls with graffiti to coming up with catchy slogans, and even singing an election anthem, these students are urging everyone to get out of their house and cast votes in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, scheduled for May 12 in Haryana.

This awareness initiative is part of Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation Program (SVEEP). It is the flagship program of the Election Commission of India for voter education.

‘Chalo sab saath chalenge, sab matdan karenge…’ is one of the lines from the election anthem created by the students of Dronacharya Government College (DGC), Gurugram. They are seen humming these lines in a video uploaded on the Twitter handle of DC Gurugram.

“In the present scenario, the youth doesn’t want to vote because they aren’t sure about the changes that politicians will bring. But, we are motivating them,” says Raj Gupta, the president of students’ union of DGC. “To garner the interest of the youth, we had debates and a signature campaign. We started helping them with their voter cards, and got over 300 voter cards from our college with the help of the district administration. We even made a poster, and got it signed by hundreds of students as a promise that they will vote in the upcoming elections. We’ll also be making an official video of the anthem, which will be out soon,” adds Gupta.