How do you convince a youth-dominated population to vote for you? You take care of their gadget needs. At least, that’s what Indian politicians are increasingly resorting to.

The latest instance comes from Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state by population, where Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has announced free smartphones for the entire voting population with an annual family income below Rs 200,000 ($3,000).

The smartphone will serve as a “two-way communication tool to inform and educate the poor about government schemes and policies,” his Samajwadi Party-led government said. Those who want the free phone will have to register for it online, which are expected to begin next month. The announcement comes as Uttar Pradesh prepares for a re-election early next year. Read more…

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Chief Minister of India’s largest state promises free smartphones to lure voters ahead of elections