AAP effect: Modi interacts with 60 young volunteers

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 09, 2014 20:36 hrs

New Delhi: As part of efforts to boost his campaign on social media and reach out to people, BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today interacted with 60 volunteers, asking them to not take election "as end of life" event but connect people with the "message of positivity".

BJP said these volunteers were chosen from 2 lakh people who had associated themselves with the party's "Mission 272 plus" campaign launched in August last year. As many as 272 MPs are required to get a majority in Lok Sabha.

The strategy of engaging volunteers for campaigning was effectively used by Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi polls, prompting other parties to take note of it.

"They are not party workers. They are independent people who want to work for Modi to become PM. They can work on-line or off-line," party leader Piyush Goyal told reporters.

Modi asked them not to take coming elections as "the end of life" as polls come and go in life but "nation remains", urging them to work for the country and make people feel proud of it, Goyal said.

The volunteers were chosen solely on the basis of their activities and Goyal said they happened to come from all parts of country.

"It occurred to us why not having a meeting of Modiji with these volunteers. They can ask him questions and share their ideas and he can guide them. We invited them three days back," he said, adding all 60 people attended the day-long session which culminated with their meeting with Modi.

A couple of volunteers said Modi asked them not to worry much about criticism and instead concentrate on spreading the message of positivity.

After the interaction, Modi tweeted "The @India272 Dialogue was a memorable experience. I am very glad & reassured about the future of India...a wonderful evening spent with volunteers of @India272 family! We shared thoughts & insights on several issues".

He said when he entered the Dialogue he thought the discussion would be politics-centric but volunteers asked questions on diverse issues. "It was great," he said.

"The enthusiasm of the volunteers was amazing! They are extremely passionate & blessed with tremendous energy to serve our nation," Modi said.

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