Demand soars for ‘paid political crowds’ in Nellore and other districts where bye polls were underway.
Congress, YSR Congress and local Political leaders are in the lead to use every trick under the sun to woo the voters for Kovur by-elections. Voters are used for both public meetings and also for polling day and the political parties have given a combined package to poll managers.
The ruling powers have not spared even misuse of NREGA to hire daily labor for attending the public meetings of their political bosses. Officials in Nellore, Warangal, Adilabad, Mahboobbngar claim that ue to the huge influx of top political leaders, NREGS workers are also being converted into party activists at several places. Reports say that the workers are also paid under NREGS to attend the campaign meetings of big guns in villages.
As the by-poll battle turned prestigious for the political parties, candidates are doling out sops to the voters and hiring people to demonstrate their artificial public strength during meetings and election campaign.
Chief Minister N.Kiran Kumar Reddy, PCC Chief Botsa Satyanarayana and Tirupati legislator K.Chiranjeevi will also campaign for Polamreddy Srinivasulu Reddy soon. Due to the huge influx of top political leaders, the district administrations are pressurised to send NREGS workers termed as party activists to the leaders public and election meetings.
There is a great demand to mobilise the masses in the villages as people are engaged in harvesting and other activities. Political parties are offering Rs 400 for men and Rs 300 for women as well as free liquor, food, and also transport so that they act as activists of their respective parties.
Parties like YSR Congress are also offering a dhoti and a saree also to crowd motivators - ten of every 100 as bonus. The ongoing rate of vote offered by the Jagan party is nearly Rs,2000 per vote, it is said.
The scarcity of daily wage labourers for election campaign has compelled the contestants to bring in other workers. While the top leaders are rushing into the constituency for electioneering, candidates are facing a difficulty to mobilise people for their road shows and meetings.
Six candidates of different political parties and 10 independent candidates are in the fray for the by-poll here. Almost all the parties are facing the problem of scarcity in activists and candidates are visibly worried about gathering of huge crowds for their election campaign.