Art teacher creates buzz with 'No Road No Vote' campaign

Last Updated 19 August 2015, 02:55 IST

As Bengaluru gears up for the BBMP elections, political parties of all hues are busy campaigning door to door and conducting roadshows to woo voters.

To warn the contestants, who often take voters for granted after the polls, a 23-year-old art teacher from Presidency School has come up with a unique social awareness campaign, creating a buzz in and around Rajarajeshwari Nagar. People taking part in the campaign are seen posing on bad roads holding placards that read: ‘No Road No Vote’.

“What made me take up the campaign is the pathetic condition of the roads in Rajarajeshwari Nagar. Initially, I didn’t expect this campaign to get so much response. Thanks to social media, it is now reaching every resident in our locality,” says Vidhya Shree, the brain behind ‘No Road No Vote’. For her, good roads are the best examples of development.

Members of Art Club in Rajarajeshwari Nagar are supporting the campaign by designing the placards. Chandru, Ashish Bhansal, Apar Aggarwal, Ganesh Chidhambar- anath and Nihal, all professional architects, are part of the campaign.

Impressed with the ‘No Road No Vote’ idea, some residents of Rajarajeshwari Nagar have displayed the placards in front of their houses.

“This is for the contestants who visit our houses seeking votes. ‘No Road’ is the report card of their work in the past five years, and ‘No Vote’ sends a strong message cautioning them not to take our votes for granted,” says Megha Ravi, a resident of Ideal Homes, Rajarajeshwari Nagar.

Admitting that the idea is a little too late, Vidhya said, “It might be late, but it is the latest. In the era of new media, anything can happen in minutes.”

She also wishes this campaign is not limited to Rajarajeshwari Nagar alone and wants it to spread across Bengaluru as the D-Day approaches.

(Published 18 August 2015, 20:00 IST)

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