Enthusiastic Indian expatriates in UAE flying home for Lok Sabha elections
Indian expatriates in the UAE are flying back to India to cast votes in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
UAE-based Kerala Muslim Culture Centre (KMCC), a political arm of the Muslim League, an ally of the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala, has chartered a flight on April 7 to carry voters to Kozhikode to vote.
Ebrahim Elettil, General Secretary of KMCC - UAE wing, said the flight has already been fully booked.
According to Gulf News, various expat organisations and cultural groups are also encouraging their members to exercise voting rights in India.
An expat organisation, Abu Dhabi Islamic Centre, is conducting seminars to help its members get enrolled on the voters list, the report said.
According to the report, office-bearers and committee members of many expat organisations are already in India campaigning for their choice of candidates and political parties.
Harish Mishra, core member and UAE coordinator for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), said party members are travelling to their constituencies to add impetus to the campaign rallies.
Political activism has gained a new status this election as electoral battles are being fought on WhatsApp groups and Facebook pages.
In the UAE, several WhatsApp groups representing different ideologies are buzzing with political propaganda.
An expat organisation in Dubai said they have appointed a cyber wing to post links and respond to comments on WhatsApp groups and Facebook pages, the report added.
(Posted on 03-04-2014)