Kerala: These Poll Candidates Set An Example By Urging Supporters To Clean Up Campaign Waste
Elections are exciting and hectic for many. Political posters, wall-paintings, flags and bandanas are a reminder of the democratic fervour which has taken over India from the last few months. While the run up the polling date is filled with frenzy, efforts are soon forgotten once that indelible ink settles on voters’ fingers. However, a few candidates in Kerala were seen busy with their party workers to remove wall posters which were used during election campaigns.
What are they doing?
LDF candidate from Ernakulam, P Rajeev has asked his supporters and party workers to clean the posters and boards which were used for the election campaign. He started this with the launch of a social media campaign with the hashtag, #LetsCleanErnakulam. People in Ernakulam could be seen posting pictures of themselves removing the posters with the hashtag. However, Rajeev is not the only one who has taken up such an initiative.
NDA candidates from Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram, Alphons Kannanthanam and Kummanam Rajasekharan has taken up similar initiatives. Kannanthanam, according to The News Minute has asked his supporters to clean things used for campaigning.
Rajasekharan on the other hand, the NDA candidate from Thiruvananthapuram who is former Mizoram governor stepped up the ante as he has decided to recycle the shawls he received during the election campaign. Kummanam wrote in his Facebook post, “I have received more than one lakh cloth materials as gifts. We will convert this into things like cloth bag, pillow cover and other value-added materials. The segregation process has also been started.” He is also planning to make ‘grow bags’ which are bags instead of pots which are used for growing plants. He wrote, “We aim to reduce the use of plastic bags and encourage people to use eco-friendly alternatives.”
എന്റെ തിരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പ് പ്രചാരണ വേളയിൽ ഷാളുകളും തോർത്തും പൊന്നാടയും ഉൾപ്പെടെ ഒരു ലക്ഷത്തിൽപ്പരം തുണിത്തരങ്ങളാണ് ജനങ്ങളിൽ…
Kerala’s election campaigns were mostly green as for the first time ever, the southern state has managed to go green for the elections. Earlier in February, the state election commission had asked political parties to refrain from using single-use plastic materials for political campaigning. After the Kerala High Court banned the use of flex banners, political parties had to go back to using wall writing and paper posters.
While Kerala, with its eco-friendly elections, has already set the bar very high, candidates like these have been setting a precedent for others in the country. The Logical Indian applauds the contribution and efforts of these political campaigners.