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A note(able) candidate from Lucknow

“Ek vote do aur ek note do” — the unique campaign strategy adopted by the Independent candidate for the Lucknow Lok Sabha,Bal Mukund Tiwari (27),is helping him contest elections this year.

Written by Neha Attre | Lucknow |
April 18, 2009 3:43:35 am

“Ek vote do aur ek note do” — the unique campaign strategy adopted by the Independent candidate for the Lucknow Lok Sabha,Bal Mukund Tiwari (27),is helping him contest elections this year.

A dearth of funds has led the 27-year-old graduate to come up with this election motto. In this contest of the Richie Riches,he has declared assets worth a meagre Rs 40,000.

And the strategy is paying off: Along with reaching out to voters,he has so far managed to pay his way. While his security deposit as a contestant is Rs 10,000,he has already managed to raise funds to the tune of around Rs 20,000.

During his door-to-door canvassing for elections,Tiwari tells one and all about his “ek note” slogan,asking them to contribute whatever they can.

In Madiaon area on Friday,he told the voters: “I am one of you and can solve your problems better. From providing pucca roads to fighting for your rights,once elected,I will make sure that you are heard.” He ends with his appeal for funds: “Since I am an Independent candidate and do not have enough funds,please assist me by contributing Rs 1,Rs 5 or whatever you wish,so I am able to contest the elections.”

And the residents of the area are willing to lend their ear — and their purses.

“If someone among us is elected,it can only help us as they understand our problems better. Though it is the first time that someone is asking for contribution in this manner,I do not mind giving Rs 1,5 or Rs 10 and our vote for him,” said Madhu,a resident of the area.

The contributions of the people are helping him bear the campaign expenses — printing and distributing pamphlets and other activities,said Tiwari. “It would not have been possible for me to contest elections otherwise.”

So what are his hopes of winning? With the true ‘never say die’ spirit,this graduate says he has decided to contest elections till he wins.

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