Des­per­ate Mea­sures

India Today - - STATES -

CM K. Chan­drasekhar Rao’s de­ci­sion to de­clare his party’s can­di­dates three months ahead of polling has had TRS con­tes­tants strug­gling to sus­tain the high cost of an over­long cam­paign. Some nom­i­nees have found novel means of keep­ing vot­ers’ in­ter­est go­ing: out­go­ing speaker S. Mad­husu­dana Chary has been do­ing the rounds in his con­stituency giv­ing free shaves in lo­cal bar­ber shops and mak­ing pub­lic shows of touch­ing the feet of ran­dom elders. Other TRS men have been hold­ing pub­lic cook­outs; help­ing res­i­dents carry water; even help­ing with feed­ing in­fants. KCR is do­ing his bit too. He’s penned two songs which will blare from the tan­noys he ar­rives to ad­dress vot­ers.

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