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Bangalore techie campaigns for polls corporate style

Apr 12, 2009 06:45 PM IST Politics Politics
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Bangalore: With corporates being fielded as candidates this election season, the ways of campaigning is also changing. A young Bangalorean is using Facebook and coffee for that personal contact with his people.

Thirty six-year-old Congressman Krishna Byre Gowda is taking on BJP heavyweight Ananth Kumar in Bangalore South - a constituency with a highly urban populace of young professionals. Krishna is sometimes called the Rahul of the South and sometimes Bangalore's Obama.

"He's in fact known as the Obama of Bangalore. He represents the views of the youth of today," said architect, voluteer Lavanya.

'Coffee with Krishna' is session where he debates and connects with the people over a hot cup of coffee.

"That is to mainly issue addresses such as security for women and moral policing. How are our representatives going to address this. So tha we can walk on the streets safely," said Krishna's wife and campaign coordinator, Meenakshi Sheshadri.

Meenakshi is a techie who has taken a month off to coordinate his campaigns. And surrounding share his supporters, professionals who have adjusted their job schedules to help.

"There's a compromise, I manage my clinic on my own. But whenever I get free time I come here and I work from there sometimes," said dentist, volunteer Dr S Harish.

For many of them a 'campaign' used to mean just custom t-shirts and snazzy slogans. But they are now learning that sometimes an old fashioned microphone can be more handy.

But that's not stopping them from banking heavily on networking sites like Facebook and Twitter either.

"We have a website and a blog where people can ask questions with an open forum and we give back answers straight from Krishna," said techie,volunteer Sharan Grandigae.

A lot can happen over coffee they say, but the big question that still remains is whether all that caffeine and website hits can translate into votes.

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