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A little girl takes part in the campaign at Kormangala (ward 151) for Congress candidate B N Kokila in Bangalore on Saturday. dh PhotoRight time, indeed!

»When candidates go campaigning, the public make use of the occasion to place their demands before them.

Sometimes they vent their anger about the lack of facilities in their localities. JD(S) candidate Manu, contesting from Jogupalya, had a similar experience when he was campaigning on Saturday.

A resident of the locality was angry about a portion of his property being encroached upon for construction of a temple and raised the issue when Manu requested him to vote in his favour. “I have been residing here for 30 years. My fight against encroachment did not yield result,” he said.

The candidate was taken aback, but tried to pacify the voter saying he was contesting for the first time and would help him in future, of course, if elected.

Indeed, elections are the best time for netas to get in touch with aam janata. Later, they do the vanishing act, don’t they?

Behind every successful woman...

»In many wards reserved for women, it is actually the men who manage the campaign.
Husbands of the candidates interact with voters, look after party workers and also speak to the media on behalf of their wives. Seldom do they speak about the ‘actual’ candidates.

In Domlur ward, reserved for women, BJP candidate Geeta’s husband Srinivas Reddy and Congress candidate Rajalakshmi’s husband Janakiram call the shots.
When this reporter went around the ward on Saturday, husbands came forward first to speak about the campaign and their winnability.

Congress candidate Rajalakshmi did not come out at all. Instead, her husband Janakiram spoke at length. When this reporter asked him to call his wife out so a picture of hers could be taken, he preferred to hand over a file picture from his collection.
No prize for guessing who will actually represent the voters if she is elected.

A different ball game

»BJP candidate from Nagpura ward S Harish is talking about eco-friendly measures during his campaign.

The candidate says he finds no merit in laying concrete road or using Sodium vapour lamps. “Concrete road is being laid from Navarang Circle to Shell Petrol Bunk in my constituency. I strongly oppose this as it prevents water seepage to ground. Also, instead of having ordinary bulbs in public places, sodium vapour lamps of 300 watts each is purchased. Why should we waste public money mindlessly when the same work can done at lesser cost? I am explaining all these and more to voters while seeking votes,” he says.

He points out that the sitting MLA has been elected representative from 20 years and now his brother was contesting on a Congress ticket. “Why should people allow the brothers to monopolise?” he questions.

The 42-year-old civil engineering graduate from BIT is a first time contestant. He was a volleyball player, who represented Karnataka in the national level.
It is to be seen how well he will fare in the game of politics.

Give Re 1 & one vote too!

»Anil Derick, an independent candidate contesting from Hebbal (ward 21), proudly says his profession is full-time politics.

This is his maiden effort to get into politics. After finding that none of the national parties have ideologies to be emulated, he decided to form Praja Rajya Vedike (PRV) with a group of like-minded people. It is yet to be registered as a political party.

Anil (37), a native of Holalkere of Chitradurga district, has a post-graduation degree is Sociology. He has been in Bangalore for the last 17 years and has worked with NGOs, rights campaigns and social movements. Now he feels politics is the best field to serve people.

He says his budget for the campaign is Rs 2.25 lakh and about 200 people are campaigning for him. “I do not have a huge crowd to back me. I am doing door-to-door campaigning and it is going slow but steady. I do not want to hire people to work for me. People should voluntarily join me ,” he says.

Like any candidate, Anil is also confident that he will win. Clean drinking water, proper drainage system and rain water harvesting figure in his list of assurances.

Interestingly, he is asking every voter to donate a rupee for PRV. Why? “That is to make them commit to vote for me. Out of every five people, three people are donating money,” he says.

Who says note and vote don’t go together?

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