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We, the people:Lakshmi, an activist, speaking to women in Bellary on Wednesday as part of a campaign to create awareness about democratic values.
We, the people:Lakshmi, an activist, speaking to women in Bellary on Wednesday as part of a campaign to create awareness about democratic values.

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Campaign to create awareness on values of democracy held

Activists explain importance of ‘clean' gram panchayat elections

A number of organisations have come together for the Statewide campaign

BELLARY: “We and our votes are not for sale.” That was the campaign taken up here on Wednesday by activists of like-minded organisations, in an attempt to create awareness among the public, especially those in rural areas, about the need to uphold the values of a democratic system.

Shivamurthy, Venkatesh and Lakshmi, who were here as part of the campaign, were seen explaining to the people about the importance of having a “clean” gram panchayat, which could be achieved without the influence of money or liquor.

Organisations such as Grama Swaraj Vedike, Mahila Samkhya, Karnataka Singamma Srinivas Trust, The Concerned for Working Children and The Hunger Project have come together to run the campaign all across the State.

The activists would undertake a door-to-door campaign in villages and appeal to voters to exercise their franchise in favour of “honest” candidates, without succumbing to any kind of influence, Mr. Venkatesh said.Voters in the panchayat elections could lay a firm foundation for a strong democratic system and bring in the political change needed, the campaigners said.

A tent was erected outside the Deputy Commissioner's office, with cartoons and exhibits inside. Many carried quotes and depicted the condition of a person getting influenced by liquor and money. Cartoons, in the form of stickers, were also on sale.

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