Don’t be surprised of people on the road urge you to exercise your franchise. As part of Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) programme, 16 street play troupes will be performing across the city in public places urging people to vote in the upcoming Assembly elections.
On Tuesday, District Electoral Officer Siddaiah, who is also commissioner of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), launched the second phase of street play jatha symbolically by beating a drum in front of the BBMP head office here.
Mr. Siddaiah said that the voting percentage in urban areas is just 45 per cent, which shows lack of enthusiasm in the educated class in exercising their franchise. “It is the right of voters to exercise their franchise and they should not allow proxy votes. To send this message to public, BBMP has taken up awareness programmes aggressively through distribution of pamphlets, placing advertisements in media, besides holding jathas and rallies in the city. Street play is one medium which can draw public attention easily and motivate the public,” Mr. Siddaiah said.
The theatre troupes will enact street plays at public places, including parks, apartments, malls and markets, in the 28 Assembly constituencies coming under BBMP limits.
Jogila Siddaraju, coordinator, said that the street play jatha that commenced on April 19 will continue till election day on May 5.
Each troupe, comprising 11 artistes, will perform six to eight shows at different places. The hour-long play have a single message to the public, particularly the educated, urging them to vote.
“We are targeting those in information technology and biotechnology sectors. The plays will be performed near malls and super markets. We are coordinating with the IT/BT companies so that we can perform on their premises,” he said.