Politicians in Bangalore are busy booking tickets for superstar Rajinikanth's upcoming film Kabali, in an attempt to win votes in the forthcoming elections.
Yes, free tickets for Kabali is fast turning into a
strategy that is being used by many to bring about a change in the
society and for politicians, it is expected to fetch them
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Munirathna Naidu, a Congress MLA
"In my constituency, there are a lot many Rajni fans &
youngsters who crave to watch him on the first day of the movie
release. I am planning to give them a surprise by booking four
cinema halls in Rajarajeshwari Nagar Assembly constituency, where
this movie will be released."
But this is not the first time such a tactic is being used in
Bangalore, a source has revealed.
"Now it has become a habit of sorts for several Tamil voter
dominated constituencies in and around Bengaluru to host such
events. Most of the time, the local MLA tacitly lends support to
host such events, unlike Mr Naidu who is vocal about it.
The MLAs get their supporters such as corporators or ZP members
to host such events, as this provide them an opportunity to become
close with young voters. This is not only applicable to Rajini
films, it has happened even in the case of Telugu megastar
Chiranjeevi, Pawan Kalyan and several such star who are valued for
their fan base," the source told the leading daily.
Interestingly, elections are a good two years away in Bangalore,
but politicians are making sure that they cash in on the
Kabali craze that has engulfed the city.
But not all are falling for the heat of the moment. Development
Minister KJ George has said this is not the right time to invest.
"It might fetch votes, it may not but this is not the right time
for me to invest in luring voters."