New Delhi, January 25: On the occasion of National Voters' Day, political leaders cutting across party lines took to social media to highlight the importance of right to franchise. The leaders, including Chief Ministers of several states and key functionaries of India's top national and regional parties, appealed the electorate to understand the vitality of their right to vote. National Voters Day 2020: Theme, History and Significance of Day That Encourages Voting in Elections.

The National Voters' Day is being observed annually on January 25, since the year 2011. The then central government headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had decided to popularise the Right to Franchise, after the Union Cabinet apprehended that a major section of the country's youth, who have crossed the age of 18, were not inclined towards registering themselves in the electoral rolls.

See Tweets of Top Indian Politicians

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu

Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

India, the world's largest democracy in terms of population, was among the first nations to have extended universal right to franchise to its citizens. The country's Constitution, adopted in 1950, granted voting rights to all citizens of India, irrespective of their religion, caste, creed, colour or gender.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Jan 25, 2020 11:08 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website