Kolkata, Apr 11 (UNI) The CPI(M) has started organising mobile campaigns ahead of West Bengal Assembly elections amid a ban on wall graffiti in the state.
Making the best use of a large cadre base, CPI(M) candidates are moving door-to-door with bands of workers wearing white aprons, reading the party symbol and appeals to vote.
A blanket ban has been enforced by the Election Commission on wall writing, postering and putting up banners and festoons.
''Wall writing has been banned on the ground of visual pollution and defacement of property but nobody can stop mobile graffitis that our workers are carrying everywhere,'' a CPI(M) state functionary said.
He pointed out that in a country like India, political parties could not reach the entire electorate through television and radio and this mobile campaign was the best option in absence of wall writing and posters.
Former CPI(M) state secretary Anil Biswas, who died recently, had directed the party units to take to the novel way to reach out to as many people as possible.
The party, having fielded 108 new candidates, claims that the workers have already reached most of the people at booth level.
In Belgachia East Constituency, where Transport Minister Subhas Chakraborty is seeking re-election, a large number of people ranging from auto drivers to rickshaw pullers are seen moving around in white T-shirts with appeals in favour of the candidate.
The issue has, however, evoked resentment among the Opposition Congress and the Trinamool Congress saying ''the CPI(M) is gratifying people by distributing T-shirts and umbrellas.'' While the CPI(M) claimed that all the campaigners were party workers, Chief Electoral officer Debashis Sen said distribution of articles was an offence but that should be proved.
In the districts, the Left Front nominees had shown more communicative skills by sending greeting cards for the Bengali new year, that begins two-days ahead of the first phase polls, to all the voters.
The cards, of course, are not only for greeting but they carry the party's appeal and the message as well as a brief biography of the candidates.
In some areas the party has also distributed leaflets and booklets declaring the government's achievements at the local levels and the projects in pipelines for future.
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