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VIJAYAWADA: Sporting a `Congress' cap to protect himself from the scorching sun and holding high a red flag, Tammu Veera Basavaiah religiously follows the Congress nominee from the 12th division of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC), Nadikuduti Subba Raju. Accompanied by a few of his friends, Basavaiah has been scrupulously following the campaign schedule of Mr. Subba Raju for the last one week. His eyes look tired and the unshaven beard speaks volumes about his busy schedule. A fisherman from Patamata Lanka, he did not think twice before shifting the dual responsibility of earning money and managing the domestic chores on the slender shoulders of his wife and make himself free to participate in the campaigning.
"The canvassing begins at 8 a.m. everyday and continues till 1.30 p.m. After a break, it resumes at 3 p.m and continues till 8.30 p.m.," he says gulping tea at a roadside kiosk on the Canal Bund road. Holding the red flag firmly, he explains that it was necessary to make it known to people that the Left parties are supporting the Congress nominee. Fishing is a full time occupation for Basavaiah. Since this is the right season, he stands to lose an income of nearly Rs. 200 daily on account of his participation in the campaign. But that does not bother him at all as he hopes to make up for the losses later. "Subbu (pet name of Subba Raju) is known to me from childhood. We have no house sites. Subba Raju has promised us that he would provide them in the city limits if he is voted to power in the elections. I hope he wins and keeps his promise," he says.
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