Artisans, painters make hay in poll-bound Tripura

Last Updated: Mon, Feb 04, 2013 07:50 hrs

With the political battle in poll-bound Tripura hotting up, some artisans and painters are reaping benefits even as mudslinging continues to acquire votes.

Political parties are keeping such professionals to help voters make the right choice. Public rallies and other programmes are also being held to mobilise public opinion.

The streets are lined with hoardings, posters and banners of the candidates, as parties believe such stunts would help project them better in the eyes of the public.

There are times, when voters are in a dilemma as to who to choose during the elections, but there are others, who believe there is no other time to strike gold.

One such person is Sukumar Das has switched his profession to a part-time drummer to earn extra bucks.

"We have come from Kolkata and are campaigning and are enjoying here in Tripura. We are making good money from this election campaign. We are going from one area to another and people are responding. We are moving from one house to another to influence voters," he said.

Their business received a tremendous boost during the election campaign.

There are others, who have temporarily switched their profession to something, which is associated with the polls.

Tripura has a 60-member assembly in Tripura, where 10 seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 20 for Scheduled Tribe (ST).

Tripura has 2.3 million voters; Meghalaya has 1.4 million and Nagaland a total of 1.1 million electors in the state.

Myriad violent insurgencies have beset India's remote northeast region, consisting of seven small states, for decades and at least 50,000 people have been killed there since independence in 1947.

Some conflicts are campaigns for autonomy - for an entire state, a district or a tribal homeland - while others are clashes between numerous indigenous tribes, often over access to land. (ANI)

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