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Indians unhappy over use of Gandhi's images in poll campaign

Indian-origin people in Durban have trained their guns on the ANC for using Mahatma Gandhi's images in election posters, with some of them wanting to know whether the ruling party was so "bankrupt" that it could not attract voters on its own values and principles.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2009 13:22 IST

Indian-origin people in Durban have trained their guns on the ANC for using Mahatma Gandhi's images in election posters, with some of them wanting to know whether the ruling party was so "bankrupt" that it could not attract voters on its own values and principles.

The posters, which are mainly displayed in areas where Indian-origin people live in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, are part of the strategy being pursued by the African National Congress to woo the community members for the April 22 polls.

Though the ANC has not yet come out with an official response on the controversy, a senior ANC MP Mewalall Ramgobin, chairperson of the Mahatma Gandhi Phoenix Settlement Trust, has said he did not see anything wrong in this regard.

But most of the callers on a talk show on the national SABC broadcaster expressed their displeasure at what they termed "the misuse of what Mahatma Gandhi stood for".

Another caller, Molly Naidoo, of Durban wanted "to know if the ANC was so bankrupt that it could not attract Indian-origin voters on its own values and principles."

"It's clear that the people are fed up with the high violent crime rate; the fraud and corruption; and the general degeneration of services. I'm not too sure that there's any similarity between Gandhi and the present ANC," she said.