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Campaigning reaches feverish pitch in the Nilgiris

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Seeking votes: Bus passengers being wooed by political activists in Udhagamandalam on Sunday. —
Seeking votes: Bus passengers being wooed by political activists in Udhagamandalam on Sunday. —

D. Radhakrishnan

It is expected to peak on Monday

Udhagamandalam: With just a couple of days left for the D-day, those in the fray for the Nilgiris Parliamentary constituency have moved into top gear. They along with their supporters are leaving no stone unturned in attempting to make a favourable impression among the voters.

Campaigning strategies have changed and they are wooing voters wherever they are seen- on the roads, in hotels, public places like bus stands or near places of worship.

The main contenders are Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology A. Raja (DMK) and C. Krishnan of MDMK.

Though still wearing the same confident look he wore when he launched his campaign a few weeks ago, Mr. Raja is far from being complacent.

He is systematically establishing contact with various sections of the voters either in person or through his supporters.

His emphasis on balancing development with conservation in this ecologically sensitive district and giving assurances only after carefully weighing the pros and cons have become a talking point here.

While there is widespread acknowledgement for his style of approach, whether or not it would be translated into votes is a moot point as of now.

With Mr. Krishnan and his supporters going hammer and tongs at the shortcomings of the DMK government and the allegations Mr. Raja is facing in the spectrum deal, a grim battle is on.

The appeals in various forms being made by different political parties through public address systems attached to vehicles is adding to the cacophony created by season-related activities here. It is expected to peak on Monday with the candidates planning to visit various parts of the town before the curtain comes down on the period of campaigning.

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