New Delhi, Aug 13: In the run-up to the 2019 general elections polls, college-going students have pledged allegiance to strategist Prashant Kishor, said media reports on Monday. As per a report in DNA, 60,000-odd students have pledged support to the National Agenda Forum (NAF) and would work as campaigners in any strategy that Kishor works out for 2019. (Also read: Shah Warns Fellow BJP MPs to Refrain From Making Controversial Statements)
The team has been visiting colleges as part of its outreach programme. A member of the NAF, a new platform floated by Kishor’s Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC), said by now over 60,000 college students from 4,020 colleges have registered to be Part Time Associates (PTAs). The PTAs will reach out to more students and will get a certificate in return. While the students have agreed to work as PTAs for any strategy that Kishor chooses to take up in 2019, there could be many dropouts in case Kishor does not choose to work with a party of their choice.
In July, NAF had launched an online poll to decide on the most capable leader to implement Mahatma Gandhi’s 18-point Constructive programme. The poll has leaders like Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, Mamata Banerjee and Sitaram Yechury. Currently, Modi leads with over 45 percent votes and Gandhi has 13. While the team was to unveil the leader’s name on August 15 this year, IPAC sources told the daily the date could be extended. (Also read: ‘BJP Will Not Win Without JD(U)’)
Meanwhile, the IPAC team has also reached out to more than 500 influencers, including Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, Magsaysay winner Baba Amte, Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak, actors R Madhavan and Piyush Mishra to help carry out NAF’s 18-point programme campaign. As per its website, the NAF has been endorsed by the UNESCO.
The NAF poll also asks people to choose an agenda they are passionate about. Once the results are out, the NAF team will hold meetings with the most popular leader to ensure that the agenda points are part for his party’s poll manifesto for 2019. While questions have been raised about the poll’s authenticity, IPAC told DNA that it was open to third-party audit.