Berhampur, March 29 (LocalWire): Candidates from various political parties have sought to tap Berhampur’s significant vote-base of morning walkers and joggers for their election victories.
Instead of their traditional kurta-pyjama attires, politicians in jogging suits visit parks and other open public spaces at daybreak to woo potential voters who come out for their morning exercise.
Berhampur’s over a dozen walker clubs, with over 4,000 members, form an important vote bank.
Chandra Sekhar Sahu and Bikram Kumar Panda, the BJD candidates for parliamentary and assembly seats in Berhampur, are regulars at different parks in the city.
“It’s an easy way to meet people early in the day before starting a formal canvassing. Also, you don’t need a mike, or preparation, to chat with them,” Panda said.
“I am a regular visitor at old bus stand area in the morning to share tea with several of my friends, including journalists. Not as a candidate,” said Kanhu Charan Pati, a BJP contestant from Berhampur.
BJP’s Bhrugu Baxipatra and Congress’ V. Chandra Sekhar Naidu, who are contesting for the Berhampur Lok Sabha seat, were also often seen chatting with joggers near the tea-stalls in the morning.
However, a member of Maruti Walkers Club said, “We have not asked any member to support a particular candidate. They can choose on their own.”
Berhampur will go to polls on April 11.