Religious heads in the city, who have already set examples of communal harmony, are now doing their bit to urge people to come out and vote.
Divya Giri, Mahant of Mankameshwar Temple and Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali, Imam of Eidgah have come together on several occasions to raise awareness among voters. RS Bagga, president of Lucknow Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee and Bishop Gerald J Mathias are also engaged in motivating voters.
“I initiated the campaign and we are motivating voters,” said Mahant Divya Giri, who is conducting voter awareness sessions every day since January 25.
“Lucknow’s voting percentage has to improve this time and for this we are trying hard to motivate voters,” said Maulana Khaleed Rasheed Farangi Mahali, who is otherwise busy teaching and training of students.
Campaigning without any support isn’t easy, as participants require resources. But their campaigns are a hit among people – wherever they go their faces are recognised by one and all.
“We spoke to the election commission, but had no time to wait for their support,” said Mahant Divya Giri. They plan to continue their campaign till February 17. Lucknow goes to polls on February 19.