As a follow-up to his ‘free Laptop’ strategy, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav recently promised people of Uttar Pradesh, ‘free Smartphone’, but to make sure he is re-elected, indirectly added terms and conditions to this offer.
Akhilesh, keeping in mind that UP’s assembly elections are to take place early in 2017, recently told people of UP that they can request (these smartphones) now, but added that they would be home-delivered to them in the “second half of 2017”, meaning post-UP elections.
The condition thus seems like a clear sign that SP only plans to keep their promise only if they are voted back to power.
What is more, the state government has gone one up, and promoted these phone as a “two-way communication tool to inform and educate the poor about government schemes and policies”.
They have promised to provide a phone with the latest software, pre-loaded with the apps on which users can share their feedback.
Anyone who is over 18 and lives in UP, can apply for this phone online, provided his family income is less than 2 lakh rupees a year.
The offer seems to target young voters from poor backgrounds, amongst whom a smartphone would thus be a surefire hit.