Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.


Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence


Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
News18 » Politics
1-min read

‘Honest Politicians Missing? Think of NOTA’: Hyderabad Artist Couple’s Unique Campaign

Swathi and Vijay are trying to reach out to voters through wall graffiti and urge them to opt for the NOTA (none of the above) option if political contenders do not meet their expectations.

Medabayani Balakrishna | News18

Updated:April 9, 2019, 7:04 PM IST
‘Honest Politicians Missing? Think of NOTA’: Hyderabad Artist Couple’s Unique Campaign
A wall graffiti in Hyderabad urging voters to consider NOTA if candidates do not meet their expectations. (News18)

Hyderabad: A city-based artist couple is busy campaigning ahead of the Lok Sabha election. But they have nothing to do with political parties or any of their candidates.

The couple, Swathi and Vijay, is only trying to reach out to voters and urge them to opt for the NOTA (none of the above) option on the EVM if political contenders do not meet their expectations.

They are painting empty walls and boards on roads along National Highway 65 (Vijayawada-Hyderabad) and in parts of Hyderabad with the message: ‘Honest politicians missing? Think of NOTA.’

One such art work further reads about an ‘apparent dearth’ of honest politicians. Asking people if they have seen honest politicians, the message further reads: Note: People having no information about this are requested to think of NOTA and report at your polling booth on April 11.

“We do agree that all politicians are not dishonest. But before casting their vote for any candidate, we want people to think who they are voting for? Even if you have the slightest doubt that your candidate may not do justice as an elected member, you should definitely consider pressing the NOTA button,” says Swathi.

“The percentage of NOTA votes does not necessarily bring about a change in the election results, but people need to push for it and make their displeasure over the current state of politics in our country evident,” adds Vijay.

Swathi and Vijay

The couple’s wall graffiti on the walls of a high school had grabbed eyeballs ahead of the Assembly election in Telangana last year when they sketched voters lined up outside a polling booth waiting to cast their votes as the man leading the queue puts his vote into a commode.

The couple also made news last year after they gave an artistic makeover to schools in rural Telanagana that were facing the threats of closure due to high dropout rates.

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

| Edited by: Sohini Goswami
Read full article
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch


Live TV

Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results