It was a campaign with a difference. No cacophony, no shouting; just the sound of whistles. The ‘whistle blowers’ representing Lok Satta were the cynosure of all eyes for their sheer novelty here on Tuesday.
After indulging in a whistling session, an effort to popularise the symbol of the party, the candidates began discussing issues confronting the common man, including local civic issues such as absence of dumping yard, water contamination and free flow of liquor.
“Corruption is the root-cause of all problems,” said its Ongole Assembly candidate J. Sivalakshmana, an IT professional who returned from London.
Party Prakasam district president A.S. Ramesh Reddy impressed upon a group of voters, saying they could expect solutions to all their problems only when they resisted inducements during elections. “Only the LSP is committed to clean politics, and if elected, we can run a corruption-free politics,” said party district vice-president Md. Rafi. “We have formed seven teams to reach out every voter in the constituency,” said Ramesh Reddy, the State campaign committee convenor of the party. A survey conducted by the party in slums showed that most widow pensioners were middle-aged losing their husbands to liquor.