Public campaigning came to an end on Friday after an eventful fortnight

Curtains were drawn on Friday evening on the fortnight-long, high-voltage, and often colourful, public campaigning in the city.

If major parties like the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party roped in central leaders such as Sonia Gandhi and Narendra Modi to address public functions at the National College Grounds and Palace Grounds, candidates representing smaller parties took to the streets on vehicles, bearing party flags and banners, with their band of supporters, appealing to the voters to back them in the Assembly polls scheduled for Sunday.

Small parties

Candidates fielded by parties such as the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) - Communist, Karnataka Janata Paksha, Janata Dal (United), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Lok Satta Party and Social Democratic Party of India , which are having a shot at some seats, too went around parts of the city seeking votes.

The campaigning saw Bangaloreans get a glimpse of tinsel town stars braving the scorching summer sun. Leading Kannada actors Ramya and Darshan did not throw their hat in the ring but gamely endorsed the candidature of others.

Social media

The period saw parties and candidates making good use of the social media, FM radio and mobile phones to seek votes.

Mobile phones — and some landlines — received pre-recorded calls from individual candidates seeking precious votes. In a novel move, some candidates even engaged public relations agencies to liaison with publications to promote them in the elections, and a couple of Independents even managed to organise a fashion show to garner some last-minute publicity.

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