Over 27 per cent of voters stay away

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Bangalore, Apr 30: Expressing concern that over 27 per cent of the total number of electorate do not cast their votes, senior Congress leader and former Karantaka Chief Minister Veerappa Moily today urged the partymen to convince the people about the importance of exercising their franchise.

Addressing a one-day workshop for the Congress spokespersons of all the District Congress Committees (DCC) of the state Karnataka here Mr Moily said a large number of voters especially the educated class will have an adverse impact in getting good governance.

He said the onus was on the 'media wing' of the party to inform the people about the good performance of the UPA government at the Centre.

Stating that the ''lack of feeling for politics'' among the middle and educated class was the main reason behind their non- participation in the democratic process, Mr Moily said this mind set among voters would be advantageous to those parties which harps on ruling the country by whipping up religious emotions.

''We have to make them realize that politics is relevant to all.

Otherwise, bad people assume power and everybody has to suffer due to it'' Mr Moily said.

Charging that the BJP's only agenda was to whip up emotional feelings on the lines of religion and divide the society and come to power, Mr Moily said the saffron party after successfully fanning communal sentiments on Ayodhya issue now, has taken up the controversial Rama Setu project.

He alleged that the erstwhile NDA government had only laid the foundation stone for the project. ''The BJP led NDA governnment had also earmarked a budgetary allocation of Rs 4.89 crore to execute the project'', he alleged.

UNI

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