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Candidates swarm parks, bus stops to woo voters

Since they are not allowed easy access to posh colonies, candidates campaigning for the MCG poll have found alternatives to interact with residents — at parks, bus stops and marketplaces.

india Updated: May 06, 2011 01:41 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

Since they are not allowed easy access to posh colonies, candidates campaigning for the MCG poll have found alternatives to interact with residents — at parks, bus stops and marketplaces.

Nisha Singh, a candidate from ward No. 30, gets up before the crack of dawn to meet residents who come to jog at a nearby park. At times, she manages to catch hold of small yoga groups too. On her way back, she also visits bus stops where she easily finds women with their school-going kids.

“I get to interact with a host of people early morning at the bus stop (J Block of Mayfield Garden) in just half-an-hour. Today, we met some employees of Hero Honda while they were waiting for their office bus,” said Singh.

Another candidate from ward No. 32 makes it a point to visit at least a park every morning. “My campaigning starts at five in morning. Spending an hour in the park gives me access to a lot of families,” the Independent candidate said.

Some candidates have set up stalls at vegetable markets and are distributing pamphlets. The idea is to reach out to a maximum number of people.

“I try and meet everyone personally and present myself properly rather than simply distribute pamphlets or send bulk messages on cellphones,” said Vakul Cowshik, a candidate from ward No. 26.

Such innovative ways of campaigning is gaining popularity. One of the reasons is that it costs little to go out and talk to people. Also, candidates say they find it satisfying to talk to people and ask about their problems directly instead of formal communication. For now, the tide may turn any direction.