Netas beg & feed, bounce and dance to impress public

HYDERABAD: From distributing party symbol-toys to feeding people and even begging, contestants of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls have left no stone unturned to woo voters.

Candidates from both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh seem to have realised strategising tactics -as bizarre as they may be - to impress voters is a lot safer than distributing liquor or cash to steer clear of violating the model code of conduct and attracting the Election Commission's wrath.

A series of photos of leaders taking the art of campaigning to new heights has gone viral on social networking sites.

Praja Shanti Party chief K A Paul who is on an overdrive touring constituencies and chatting up electors was seen breaking into a dance along with his aides to the party's songs and blowing kisses to his amused, but mostly dumbfounded audience. Paul now urges his supporters to join him and shake their leg too.
TDP candidate Girish Varma was seen handing out party symbol miniatures while interacting with voters in a bid to ensure that they don't punch the wrong sign on EVM machines.
Feeding people and helping them in their chores is a tried-and-tested favourite of politicos, but the flavour of this election season seems to be comparing leaders to movie characters. Speaking at an election campaign in Rajamahendravaram, PM Narendra Modi compared TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu with villain of the movie 'Baahubali', Bhallaladeva. In an angry riposte, Naidu's son Nara Lokesh hit back that the real Bhallaladeva was Modi himself as he was holding Andhra Pradesh's right to Special Category Status hostage.
While new entrants to politics, the farmers from Jagtyal district, dressed up as beggars to sensitise people about choosing the right candidate and not voting for everyone who begs for votes, seasoned politico and All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi threw a fitness challenge at Chandrayangutta constituency to connect with voters.

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