JD(S) steals march over rivals with 100 LED screen-fitted campaign vehicles

Unlike previous years, the JD(S) candidates are a jubilant lot this time around.

The regional party has not only been the first to announce the list of candidates, it has also equipped its contenders with campaign vehicles and materials, which is again, a first for the party.

The party, which had announced LED campaign vehicles for each constituency, has finally begun dispatching the same. The party has already sent 100 vehicles to north Karnataka districts (mostly), where the JD(S) presence is poor.

The vehicles have been taken on rent for two months from two companies, based in Kerala and Uttar Pradesh. The vehicles were earlier used by political parties like Samajwadi Party and those under LDF/UDF during elections in those states.

The vehicles, which have a 6×8 ft display screen, come with a speaker. They are being used for the 90-minute documentary on JD(S) chief ministerial candidate H D Kumaraswamy and his contributions – along with 10 to 12 songs specially composed for the campaign.

While the party is spending around Rs 16,000 per vehicle per day as rental charges, the candidates have to shell out for the fuel.

Sirsi candidate Shashi Bhushan V Hegde said that the vehicle was proving to be a better medium for him to reach out to the voters. The vehicle, which reached the constituency about 10 days ago, hogged a lot of attention during the Sirsi fair, said Hegde.

“The Sirsi jatre (fair) came as a blessing. We just stationed the vehicle on the jatre premises which saw a big footfall. Without doing much, we reached out to thousands of people during those 10 days. The vehicle definitely puts the JD(S) candidates in an advantageous position. The videos are self-explanatory and the reach is vast. Its definitely made my job easier in reaching out to the electorate. Though the vehicle hasnt spanned huge distances, it has definitely attracted a lot of attention,” he said.

Yadgir candidate A C Kadloor is thrilled by the fact that he has ample time to canvass for votes. The LED vehicle, he said, was a big plus.

The vehicle in Yadgir has already clocked 180 km. “Whats special is that we dont have to share the vehicle – each candidate gets his own. We take the vehicle to the villages at 6 am and bring it back to Yadgir town by 6 pm. As people sleep late in the towns, the video is attracting a lot of attention,” he said.

The vehicle gives a mileage of around 7 km/litre of diesel. Aside from a driver, each vehicle has a video/audio operator.

Unlike previous years, the JD(S) candidates are a jubilant lot this time around.

The regional party has not only been the first to announce the list of candidates, it has also equipped its contenders with campaign vehicles and materials, which is again, a first for the party.

The party, which had announced LED campaign vehicles for each constituency, has finally begun dispatching the same. The party has already sent 100 vehicles to north Karnataka districts (mostly), where the JD(S)’ presence is poor.

The vehicles have been taken on rent for two months from two companies, based in Kerala and Uttar Pradesh. The vehicles were earlier used by political parties like Samajwadi Party and those under LDF/UDF during elections in those states.

The vehicles, which have a 6×8 ft display screen, come with a speaker. They are being used for the 90-minute documentary on JD(S) chief ministerial candidate H D Kumaraswamy and his contributions – along with 10 to 12 songs specially composed for the campaign.

While the party is spending around Rs 16,000 per vehicle per day as rental charges, the candidates have to shell out for the fuel.

Sirsi candidate Shashi Bhushan V Hegde said that the vehicle was proving to be a better medium for him to reach out to the voters. The vehicle, which reached the constituency about 10 days ago, hogged a lot of attention during the Sirsi fair, said Hegde.

“The Sirsi jatre (fair) came as a blessing. We just stationed the vehicle on the jatre premises which saw a big footfall. Without doing much, we reached out to thousands of people during those 10 days. The vehicle definitely puts the JD(S) candidates in an advantageous position. The videos are self-explanatory and the reach is vast. It’s definitely made my job easier in reaching out to the electorate. Though the vehicle hasn’t spanned huge distances, it has definitely attracted a lot of attention,” he said.

Yadgir candidate A C Kadloor is thrilled by the fact that he has ample time to canvass for votes. The LED vehicle, he said, was a big plus.

The vehicle in Yadgir has already clocked 180 km. “What’s special is that we don’t have to share the vehicle – each candidate gets his own. We take the vehicle to the villages at 6 am and bring it back to Yadgir town by 6 pm. As people sleep late in the towns, the video is attracting a lot of attention,” he said.

The vehicle gives a mileage of around 7 km/litre of diesel. Aside from a driver, each vehicle has a video/audio operator.

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