Faridkot, September 14
Facing opposition to its entry into the rural area for the campaigning and frequent damage to its hoardings, the SAD is furthering its election agenda with a new strategy. It has engaged many local artists for wall paintings and writings.
Earlier, party leaders had started pasting posters and installing flex boards, showcasing the party leaders’ photos and election promises in the rural belt. However, most of these posters and flex boards were damaged or removed.
Now the party leaders have started the campaign, using big wall paintings and writings. These are being made with paint, ink and other material on the walls of houses of Akali workers and supporters in villages. The walls of rooms, constructed near the tube wells in fields, alongside the national highway, state highways and link roads are also being used to display candidates’ photos, poll promises and party symbol. “As there is a risk of defacement of small-sized painting and writing on the wall also, we have opted for full-sized display. As these have been drawn on personal properties, there is less chance of defacement by our opponents,” said a senior Akali leader of the area.
“Making wall paintings on public property is violative of Election Commission orders. Moreover, these writings can invite opposition from farm union members and our opponents. So we chose the properties of our party workers and supporters,” said the leader. — TNS
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