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H K Mutappa Candidate for BTM Layout ward 176 during his campaign at BTM Layout in Bangalore. DH PhotoTouching gesture

»Candidates contesting in the elections can go down to any level while asking for votes, and if media is covering the campaign trail, then candidates become even more enthusiastic and cautious too.  

BJP candidate H K Muthappa was campaigning in BTM Layout (Ward 176), when he knocked on a door. The lady of the house emerged and bawled out Muthappa.
"You guys come only when you want vote from us, where are you when we face problems?  First solve our problems then ask for votes," she fumed.

Muthappa did not know how to react as a Deccan Herald reporter was present to cover the campaign. He decided to be humble. "You elect me, I will solve all your problems," he told the leady meekly, and even proceeded to touch her feet.  

We are not big people, vote us

»Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has asked her partymen not to contest the BBMP elections because the party’s preparations were not adequate. So the ‘aane ( elephant) party’ as it is known, is supporting 17 independents.

While some candidates were seen using the banner of the BSP on Monday, instructions have gone out to candidates not to use the symbol because it may confuse voters.  Syed Sabeer is an Independent supported by the BSP at Bapuji Nagar (ward 134). Ask him about his CV, he frankly says, “I am not a big man. I used to sell clothes. Now I do some work. I am 34 and studied up to SSLC”. Does he has vitamin ‘M’ to spend? “About 25 families are campaign for me. I am not investing and so the question of earning back is not there”, he says.

Ramesh Kumar, an Independent who is contesting from Dr Rajkumar ward of Govindaraj Nagar is an office-bearer of the BSP. He is printer and publisher of a magazine.

Is he confident of winning? “There are 3,500 Dalits in my ward. They are supporting me. I want to send a message to the Congress and the BJP that Dalits are not with them”.

If ambition was an elephant, wouldn’t BSP ride to power?

Calming voters

»Candidates often find it difficult to convince the public when they raise objections to poor infrastructure facilities in the ward. Only seasoned politicians and those manage campaign very well can handle such situations.

When Jayanagar MLA B N Vijaykumar was campaigning for BJP candidate Thafazulla Ahmed, a lady reminded the MLA his assurance to set right the sewerage line problem in Gurrappanapalya ward. The MLA said soon after the elections are over, a new pipeline would be laid. Not satisfied by his reply, the lady continue to narrate the difficulty she and her neighbours in the locality face. The MLA scribbled his cellphone number on a piece of paper and gave it to the lady asking her to call him up whenever she had any civic problem.

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