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Refined appeal sans rhetoric

By R. Ramabhadran Pillai

PARAVUR, MAY 1. The calmness of the countryside is often disrupted by the announcements blaring out of microphones these days. The people are aware of the pre-poll propaganda that wakes them up from slumber and many of them are looking towards such an experience.

The populace of Paravur and adjoining areas too was no different on Friday when the UDF candidate contesting from the Ernakulam parliamentary constituency, Edward Edezhath, chose to meet the electorate.

The campaign started around 8-30 a.m. at the Chathanad Boat jetty, which offered a panoramic view of the backwaters. A small crowd gathered at the place. The open jeep meant for carrying the candidate arrived on time.

The DCC president, K.P. Dhanapalan's brief inaugural address energised the atmosphere. He observed that the latest round of exit polls had given more scope for the formation of a non-NDA Government at the Centre. Pinning hopes on the formation of a Congress-led Government, he called upon the people to vote for the party. Then, about a dozen local leaders garlanded the candidate in a show of solidarity and respect.

It was time for the candidate to make his speech and he did it with élan. It was just plain speaking with no barbs attached. A new entrant to electoral politics, the college teacher-turned politician appealed to the voters to elect him to strengthen the Congress led by Sonia Gandhi.

According to him, the Muslims who had deserted the Congress in the bypoll had returned to the Congress fold.

With little time to spare, the convoy of vehicles moved on to the next itinerary, Pallippadi. Here again, the scenes were repeated.

The candidate made a brief speech before moving on to the next location, Kuzhippanam.

The convoy then made a halt at Aasupathrippadi at Ezhikkara in front of the community health centre.

The reception and the speeches went on. A local voter said, ``this is a traditional Congress stronghold, but it remains to be seen what damage the groupism in the party can do.'' The Left workers have completed two rounds of campaigning there, he said. But he hastened to add that the CPI(M) votes would also be split because P.S. Gangadharan, a candidate of the `Left Front' (led by the former CITU leader, V.B. Cherian), was also in fray.

The BJP was also gaining strength, he said.

The convoy moved from one place to another. When the Congress campaign programme was in progress at a venue in Ezhikkara panchayat, the CPI(M)'s cultural troupe (Kalajatha) too reached there. The latter switched off their microphone in a bid to respect the sentiments of the opposite camp.

That was perhaps the best moment of the day's campaign.

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