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Relying on charisma to win votes
Published on 22 Mar. 2009 11:22 PM IST
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The election juggernaut is picking up momentum as parties come all out to display their star power. Whether actors-turned-politicians or seasoned old hands, they are all relying on charisma to win over the voters. Chiranjeevi did not need to blow his own trumpet. The crowd at Hyderabad’s parade grounds was telling the story about the magnetic draw of the Telugu megastar-turned-politician. Chiranjeevi says that is what has scared his political opponents, the congress and the TDP to indulge in some match-fixing. “They are indulging in matchfixing because they do not want us to come to power,’’ said Chiranjeevi, President, Praja Rajyam. Down further south in Thiruvananthapuram was another political star Mayawati kicking off her poll campaign. She is keen to be prime minister and this was an attempt to project that the BSP is a pan-Indian party, not just restricted to Uttar Pradesh. Kerala has a sizeable population of voters from the backward classes and Mayawati knew what she had to say. “I want to assure all people that if our party comes to power at the centre like in Uttar Pradesh, then we will implement the demand for reservations raised from various sections - poor among upper caste, religious minorities including Christians,” Mayawati, BSP chief One a charismatic superstar trying to create political space for himself in Andhra Pradesh, the other a wily politician desperate to dictate terms by joining the big league of national politics.

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