The fact that political leaders at grassroots level, at least a good number of them, follow popular political trends can be seen in the municipal elections in Adilabad. Independents in as many as 50 per cent of the wards have selected broom as their election symbol thanks to the popularity it got following the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) success in New Delhi election.
The supporters of Kodimela Venugopal, an independent candidate from ward number 25 even sport the cap, also popularised by the AAP. “I hope to be seen as a non-corrupt candidate,” the contestant clarified in justification of his move to ape the AAP.
Some candidates are also projecting their image as good samaritans through leaflets and handbills being distributed in respective wards. For example, an independent candidate reminds his electors of his services which includes cremation of unclaimed or destitute dead bodies.
Another candidate in ward number 23, who runs a purified drinking water unit, promises to supply a can of drinking water at Rs. 5 only. As indicators of his service motto, he also promises to open a helpline for the residents of his ward to book LPG refills or pay power bills.