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Casting of votes is a need, right and matter of pride

Staff Reporter

Students of Kongu Engineering College take out rallies in Erode and Perundurai

PHOTO:M.GOVARTHAN

Right to vote:Students of Kongu Engineering College taking out a rally in Erode on Saturday to create awareness among people on elections.—

ERODE: Over 500 students of the Kongu Engineering College took out rallies in Erode and Perundurai on Saturday to create awareness among voters on the importance of exercising their franchise.

Collector C. Kamaraj flagged off the rally on the State Bank of India Road in the presence of District Revenue Officer P. Kumaravel Pandian, Revenue Divisional Officer R. Sukumar and senior officials. The college in association with the Erode Branch of Confederation of Indian Industry and Young Indians organised the programme. The rally was organised as a part of the Election Commission of India's efforts to raise the level of awareness among people on voting and enhance the voters turnout.

Students raised slogans urging the people to realise that casting votes during elections is a need, a right as well as a matter of pride. They appealed to the people not to encourage the cash-for-vote practice. People in the rural areas, including the illiterate population, should exercise their franchise without fail. But a large number of educated persons with high level of awareness on current affairs, governance and political developments did not turn up at the polling booths to vote, students pointed out.

Many of them consider the day of voting as a holiday, without realising the significance of the event. Everyone should realise the importance of the election process, and exercise their right to franchise, the students stressed.

The rally passed through important thoroughfares in the town before culminating on the Government Hospital premises.

In Perundurai, over 800 students participated in the rally, which commenced at the bus stand and culminated at the Perundurai Government Hospital.

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