For the first time ever in India, 5 crore citizens will vote to define the national agenda for the upcoming General Election in 2019 and also vote to choose the appropriate leader to implement this agenda on the 11th of July, 2018. National Agenda Forum (NAF), a pan-India initiative, has been launched by the Indian Political Action Committee (I-PAC) together with associates and youth volunteers to resurrect the conversation around Gandhiji’s 18-point Constructive Programme.
As the nation celebrates the 150th birth anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi, NAF attempts to pay tribute to the father of the nation by taking his spirit forward and realizing his 18-point Constructive Programme, which outlined the key priorities for an Independent India, after 73 long years. And towards this, NAF aims to reimagine and co-create India’s priorities to formulate an actionable agenda for our present and our future by:
1. Setting the Agenda: Reimagining and co-creating India’s key priorities and help to formulate an actionable agenda for contemporary India.
2. Choosing the Leader: Nominating the leader best suited to adopt and execute this agenda.
3. Campaigning for India: Helping the chosen leader to get elected in the upcoming General Elections in 2019.
NAF was launched on the 29th of June, 2018 by more than 25,000 volunteers in 1,500 colleges spread over 500 districts across India. Ultimately, 10 lakh students and professionals will come together to engage with the platform. Online voting, by 5 crore citizens, to set the key national priorities and choosing the leader would open on the 11th of July, 2018. The results would be announced on the 15th of August, 2018.
The volunteers will meet the chosen leader in the months of September and October before taking the agenda to the entire nation between November and December 2018. The volunteers would then ensure that this agenda would officially be adopted as part of the party manifesto in January 2019.