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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 votes.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Munirathna Naidu, a Congress MLA has said:
"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."