Campaigning ends, parties shift focus to lure voters

Braving the sweltering heat and humidity, the leaders of all major political parties sweated it out for the last one month and took part in the campaigning for the April 11th polls in Andhra Pradesh.
Ever since the Election Commission had released the poll schedule, Telugu Desam Party supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu, YSR Congress chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and Jana Sena president Pawan Kalyan toured the state and addressed nearly 3-4 poll meetings a day by travelling in hired choppers.
With the campaigning coming to a close on April 9th evening, the political parties have shifted their focus to polling-booth management, especially on distributing money to lure voters. In this election, the minimum amount being offered by the political parties to a voter is Rs 2,000.
In some constituencies where the candidates have been taking victory as a prestigious fight, voters are being offered anything between Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 10,000 per vote. Apart from cash, liquor and some freebies are also being offered.
The TDP supremo even roped in national leaders from Delhi and West Bengal like CMs of those states, Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banerjee, NC leader Farooq Abdullah, former PM H.D. Deve Gowda to campaign for his party.
Coming to the YSRCP, it was the party chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and his family members, who took part in the campaigning. For the Jana Sena, it was a one-man show with just the party chief Pawan Kalyan making the public appearance.
Meanwhile, in the last one month, after the election notification was released, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressed two election meetings each in the state.
While Naidu banked on the conspiracy theory of the YSRCP, BJP and TRS, the YSRC time and again raised the issue of unfulfilled promises, misrule by Naidu.

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