In juxtapose to their Congress and BJP rivals, who are canvassing for the Lok Sabha election amid much fanfare, candidates of Aam Aadmi Party and left parties are keeping it a simple by making the practice a low-key affair.
AAP candidate Dr Daljit Singh, Amarjit Singh Asal of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and Rattan Singh Randhawa of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) have decided to canvass in a modest manner. Not only are their electioneering styles humble, but also out of the ordinary - something that the masses can easily relate to.
Dr Singh, a renowned eye surgeon, believes in legwork to reach out to the masses and is accompanied by his kin and supporters.
CPI's Amarjit Singh Asal prefers scooter over foot march, while his CPM counterpart Rattan Singh Randhawa pedals cycle instead of hiring hiring expensive four wheelers.
While candidates of Congress Capt Amarinder Singh and BJP Arun Jaitley are engaged in verbal duels not only in rallies but also in digital sphere, Dr Singh likes to keep himself away from controversies and focuses mainly on issues relevant to the public. His campaign style entails door-to-door visit, during which he greets residents with roses and ask them to vote for him.
Even as almost one month is left to the elections, Ansal starts canvassing around 7am that goes on till 10pm. "My scooter is my trusted companion,"said Ansal, who even refused to take police security offered to him.
Asal said as his supporters come from indigent backgrounds, he does not like to bother them with arrangements for tea and meals by taking his party members along. "That would add to their financial burden,"he said, adding that the party did not possess sufficient funds to bear the financial burden of hiring four wheelers.
"I want to keep my campaign simple, though I may have to hire a few four wheelers and host a few big campaigns when the elections draw closer,"he said.
CPM's Rattan Singh Randhawa starts campaigning at 7am on his cycle. "As the elections are coming closer, I will start campaigning as early as 5am,"he said. Randhawa, who likes to take his supporters along, said we all pedal cycles to reach out to the electorates.
"We do not believe in showoff. Our supporters comprise the folks who are looking for a representative who could relate with them and someone,
who could take up their issues and try to solve them at the national level,"he said.
Besides cycles, he and his supporters use scooters when they visit rural areas.