This election, headgear headline the fight for votes

  • Vishakha Saxena, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 15, 2014 13:22 IST

The fight for votes this election has seen the bigwigs put in extra effort to stand out. Be it their aggressive stance on the ground or extensive social media strategies, they are leaving no stone unturned to woo voters.

They're using their heads to win hearts. From 'pagdis' to 'japis' our leaders have been seen sporting different headgear during rallies and roadshows to score every vote possible. Take a look at the spread on offer:

Senior BJP leader and Amritsar candidate, Arun Jaitley, wearing a ceremonial turban during a function in the constituency. (AFP Photo)

Aam Aadmi Party leader, Arvind Kejriwal, has been seen donning different caps and turbans during his campaign.

(Left) Here's him paying tribute to martyr Bhagat Singh at Khatkar Kalan village; and during a visit to Golden Temple in Amritsar. (AFP & PTI photos)

(Left) Kejriwal wearing a 'pagdi' during a roadshow in Gurgaon; and a 'karakul' during a conference on Road Map for Indian Muslims in Delhi. (PTI photos)

Veteran BJP leader LK Advani has been wearing colourful, ethnic 'pagdis' during his campaigns in Gujarat and Maharashtra. (AFP and HT photos)

Narendra Modi has quite literally championed the headgear arena.

Here's the BJP PM candidate during a rally in Ludhiana (left) and during another in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. (Reuters and PTI photos)

(Left) The Gujarat chief minister wearing traditional headgear during a rally in Kerala's Kasaragod; and a Mysore 'peta' in another. (PTI photos)

Here's Modi during an election meeting in Odisha's Rourkela (left) and during a rally in Assam where he was felicited with a traditional Assamese hat 'japi'. (PTI photos)

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah spotted wearing 'pagdis' during his election rally at Poonch (left) and during the nomination filing procession in Kathua. (PTI photos)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi isn't too far behind in sporting different headgear. Here's him during election rallies in Bangalore (left) and in North Garo Hills. (PTI photos)

Rahul, Congress' candidate from Amethi, seen sporting caps at rallies in Doda (left) and Assam's Biswanath Charali. (PTI photos)

He also wore a traditional cap during an interaction with the fisherman community at Mumbai's Versova and donned a turban during a campaign meeting in Satna, Madhya Pradesh. (PTI photos)

BJP's Lok Sabha candidate from Patna Sahib seat, Shatrughan Sinha, seen wearing traditional headgear during his campaign rallies in the Bihar capital. (PTI photo)

Congress president Sonia Gandhi felicitated with a 'japi' during a rally at Lakhimpur, Assam. (AFP photo)

Fans of the big three too haven't been far behind in sporting colourful unique caps to show their support. Congress (top left) and BJP (top right) fans have some tough competition from fans of the newly-born Aam Aadmi Party (bottom).
(AFP, Reuters, PTI & AFP [clockwise] photos)


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