Desperate times call for
desperate measures and contesting an election could be one of
Candidates out on the hustings in election-bound
Telangana can be seen playing pallbearers, dancing themselves
into a frenzy at local festivals and even shaving beards of
customers in a barber's shop.
Often pilloried for neglecting their constituents and
showing up only during elections, these hard-boiled
campaigners are trying every trick in the book to shave off
some of the criticism by establishing personal connect with
Some tech-savvy contestants are also taking to social
media like Facebook and Twitter to reach out to the
A video showing Madhusudhana Chary, the Speaker of the
now dissolved Assembly, carrying a bier was widely circulated
on social media.
There was also picture of Chary shaving the beard of a
customer in a barber's shop.
The TRS leader, who is seeking re-election from
Bhupalpalle constituency, was recently seen spoon-feeding a
destitute man on the campaign trail.
Former deputy chief minister T Rajaiah was seen
breaking into a jig with women during a local festival.
Others like caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar
Rao's technology savvy son and the state's Information
Technology and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao is using
social media extensively to reach out to the electorate.
Those close to him said Rama Rao has constituted a
four-member team to handle his personal social media accounts.
Its job is to keep the young leader abreast of the latest
developments and prepare content for social media.
"He has four members who monitor his Facebook, Twitter
and other social media accounts. The TRS has about 100 members
to monitor social media platforms.
"Their job is to aggressively create awareness about
government programmes, beneficiaries and also counter remarks
by opposition parties and leaders," they told PTI.
Over 8.83 lakh people like KTR's Facebook page and his
speeches made at election rallies are streamed live on his
social media accounts.
KTR, the heir apparent to his father's political
legacy, is seeking a fresh assembly term from Sirisilla seat
and has been campaigning extensively across Telangana.
The TRS' official Facebook page has over one million
followers and is constantly updated with news and videos of K
Telangana unit Congress president Uttam Kumar Reddy's
Facebook page, replete with his photographs at political
meetings, also has over 5 lakh followers.
As the campaign for control of Telangana hots up ahead
of the December 7 polls, more spice will surely be added to
the political potpourri.
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