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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Sep 2014

Political party-backed candidates give swanky banners, posters a miss

Sanjoy Dey, Hindustan Times   Ranchi, June 18, 2014
First Published: 14:39 IST(18/6/2014) | Last Updated: 14:45 IST(18/6/2014)

Candidates, who are contesting the mayoral polls in the city scheduled for June 23 with support from major parties like Congress, AJSU and BJP, have given up trusted campaigning tools such as posters, hoardings and banners a miss.

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If poll experts are to be believed, with just six days to go for the polls, the party-backed candidates are deliberately keeping their poll campaigns a low-key affair to avoid strict vigilance of expenditure observers deputed by the state election commission (SEC) and a special team by the district administration.

They are continuously monitoring all activities of these candidates.

In view of the cash-for-vote incident in mayoral poll of 2013, the Ranchi deputy commissioner (DC) Vinay Kumar has already declared that the political party-backed candidates would be under their scanner.

The returning officer for the mayoral poll, Ravi Shankar Verma, said, “Besides the expenditure observers of SEC, we have also set up a special team, which is monitoring the expenditure of candidates on daily basis.”

Meanwhile, the monitoring has put political party-backed candidates in sheer dilemma. “The expenditure limitof `5 lakh is very meager to contest mayoral election. If I spent this money on hoardings and banners, I won’t be able to contest the election. Therefore, I have decided to bank on my own identity for promotion in the city instead of spending mindlessly on banners and posters,” said Congress-backed candidate Rama Khalko.

BJP-backed candidate Asha Lakra said, “I am one of the financially poor candidates in the election. So, I am going for an inexpensive campaign. I prefer to connect to the people on a personal basis and not through banners or posters.” However, on the contrary, the independent candidates have decorated different wards of the city with their banners and posters.

Lokesh Khalko, an independent candidate, said, “Banners and posters help to create an identity in a short span of time. People at every ward know me through the posters,” he said.


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