SALEM: Groups of boys from families living below the poverty line are being used for campaigning by a few political parties in the city.
These parties have engaged the boys to take up door-to-door visits to campaign for their candidates contesting in the forthcoming parliamentary polls.
The political parties were paying as much as Rs. 100 to Rs. 200 per boy, if he campaigned for the candidate for a full day.
A few other parties also provide these boys with food and water when they carry out the campaign.
Several groups of boys were seen carrying party flags and distributing handbills door-to-door under the scorching sun in many parts of the city.
The families were seeing this as an opportunity to get some income and hence sending the boys for campaigning.
“We have been doing the rounds in a number of residential colonies here. We go in groups, distribute handbills and ask the people to vote for the candidate,” the boys said.