Candidates in the Punjab panchayat election are leaving no stone unturned to woo voters.
Men are being lured with liquor, while women are being tempted with cold drink bottles, ice-cream, sweets, boxes of glass, grocery items and clothes.
In several villages, development is hardly an issue. Pardeep Singh of Saidpura village of this district said there was a tough contest and contenders were making all efforts to woo voters, especially women. "Money and liquor are playing an important part in winning over voters. Some of the voters are stacking up liquor bottles to last them for a couple of months. Candidates are even distributing gifts identical to their election symbols," he said.
The sale of liquor has gone up in view of the election. Though the state election commission has put an expenditure cap candidates seem to have no regard for it.
Most of senior leaders of all political parties have kept away from the campaigning, entrusting the responsibility to their close associates. In some villages, local legislators or senior leaders have chosen the candidates.