In Bihar who is winning the war of hoardings?
New Delhi, Sept 25: In poll bound Bihar, no party is leaving any stone unturned to woo the voter. As the campaigning reaches a feverish pitch with leaders hurling allegations against each other, there is a poster war that has emerged too.
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In Bihar there are 7,000 posters relating to the elections put up by various political parties.
The list of advertisements and poll banners which need to be made known to the State Election Commission suggests that the JD(U) has put up 1,267 hoardings as opposed to the 5,314 displayed by the BJP. The RJD on the other hand has put up four such hoardings.
The BJP is said to have spent around Rs 2.70 crore on the hoardings which can be found across the state. The war of the hoardings is directly between the BJP and the JD(U). The LJP which has put up around 230 posters while the RJD only four.
With the rest of the parties preferring a direct intereaction as part of their campaign, the hoarding war is clearly between JD(U) and the BJP. The BJP has giant hoardings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi while for the JD(U) it is Nitish Kumar.
A show of strength:
The poster or hoarding war is more of a show of strength. Political parties however realize the importance of door to door campaigns and political rallies. The BJP has already planned around 600 rallies in the poll bound state. The JD(U) too has several rallies planned in the coming days.
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Experts say that while the political parties would depend more on rallies and door to door campaigns, the importance of hoardings too cannot be ruled out. It is more of a show of strength and aimed at weakening the opposition psychologically.
The hoardings spaces were booked in the month of May itself and was given on a first come first serve basis ahead of the Bihar elections. It was expected that political parties would make a beeline to book hoarding spaces in the state as this is a high voltage election and the stakes are extremely high.