Shimla June, 14: With just two days left for the municipal polls scheduled for June 16, the public rapport of the candidates and efficacy of door-to-door campaign hold the key to winning the election. Leaders of the Congress and the BJP are busy campaigning for their party-backed candidates in their last ditch effort to gain electoral mileage. Leaders of the parties seem clueless on political inclination of the voters.
Even after a week of campaigning, the BJP, which is eyeing the Shimla Town Hall seat, is facing hard time gauging the mood of the voters.“The voters regardless of their party affiliation tend to vote for candidates who are accessible and belong to the city. They are not inclined towards outsiders,” said a political analyst.
A voter said, “All that matters is individual behavior and public rapport in each ward as the election is not being fought on party symbol.”Meanwhile, in some cases, names of voters have been reported missing from the electoral list. Few voters claimed to have traced their names in the electoral list of other wards.
“I have been living in Kangnadhar for the past 30 years. But the names of my family members are missing from the voters’ list,” rued VP Kalta, a resident. Voters with names in list of other wards may end up voting for a candidate supported by a different party.While different symbols have been allotted to candidates in each ward, in some cases same election symbol has been given to multiple candidates. Similar election symbols have been allotted to two candidates, backed by different parties, in separate wards. This may confuse the voters.
Source Tribune India