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Advani’s Man Friday hits the road as D-day nears

The man behind L K Advani’s election blitzkrieg is now out on the roads himself to give his campaign the final push.

Written by Sukalp Sharma | New Delhi |
May 4, 2009 3:44:08 am

The man behind L K Advani’s election blitzkrieg is now out on the roads himself to give his campaign the final push.

Sudheendra Kulkarni,along with his team of volunteers,has left the comfort of his office and is out making direct contact with the electorate.

Wearing white T-shirts embossed with Advani’s picture and slogans,his team of young,enthusiastic professionals,most of whom have taken a sabbatical,did road shows in two areas of the New Delhi constituency on Sunday.

In the morning,the team visited two slum colonies in the heart of Chanakyapuri and in the afternoon they did a road show at Ajmal Khan Road market at Karol Bagh.

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Asked why the volunteers managing Advani’s election ‘war room,’ have come out to campaign now,Kulkarni said,“Our team was supposed to plan,prepare and run the campaign through the media and the Internet. As most of that work is over now,we are doing the best we can,” said Kulkarni.

“We are here to give the party message to the people,but we are also here to learn,” he said.

As the team passed through slums,they shouted slogans for the party and waved placards. Kulkarni talked to the residents and explained to them the policies of his party.

The team also distributed feedback forms and party literature.

After the slums,Kulkarni campaigned in a completely different environment surrounded by traders and shoppers in Karol Bagh. “This is India,you have to reach out to every part of society,” Kulkarni answered when asked about the contrast.

He appealed to the people to come out and vote,keeping in view the traditionally low turnout of middle class voters.

“I would ask you to vote for the BJP,but it is entirely up to you. But please do come out and vote on the May 7,” he told people.

Even the young volunteers working for Advani were excited with their campaigning.

“My perception of politics has changed a lot since I started working on this campaign,” said Pranab Hazarika,a young graphics designer,who says he volunteered because he wanted to understand how the political process works in India.

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