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~ Election Tourism In India On Rise: Witness Colors of Election In World’s Biggest Democracy
Election is Festival of Democracy…Like any other Indian festivals, 882 million electoral voters with total 1.25 billion Indians will celebrate this too in Grand style for one month long election process!
Many curious foreigners are visiting India this month to witness this great Election Festival of Democracy. Recently with successful pioneering efforts during Gujarat State Election in 2013, various companies are now offering different tourism packages to introduce foreigners how Diverse, Dynamic, Populated, Vibrant, and Colorful India elect their new government.
In 2014,from 7th April to 16th May in 9 phases(dates-7,9,10,12,17,24,30th April & 8,12nd May), Indians will vote & celebrate election festival to elect 543 candidates across Indian Constituencies to form (single party or one alliance which gets more than 272 will form) new Government and 16th Prime Minister of India,since independence in 15th Aug, 1947, at New Delhi for next 5 years.
See colors of Indian Election Festival and some introduction to Grand Indian Election process:
Gujarat State is pioneer in Election Tourism..now it is being promoted across India
Election shop selling differnt Items
People waring masks during campaign
Tourists during election tourism
tourist participating Election Tourism in India
Election Caps and Accessories for sale
Chai Pe Charcha – “Discussion at Tea” Election Campaign
Badges and Key Rings of Differnt national and local parties for sale
Typical colourful election rally in India
innovative campaign: Woman supporters put free Mehandi /Heena tatoo with party symbol and slogan
Chai (Indian Tea) Campaign to woo voters
Women put Mehandi/Heena (Temporary Tatoo) with party symbol and slogan
Using hi-fi Technology; BJP’s PM Candidate Mr Narendra Modi talking directly to Women across 1500+ locations in India through video conferencing (first time use of Satellite, DTH, Telecommunications, Redio & Internet together)….Innovative Campaign is called “Chai Pe Charcha” (Dicussion at Tea) – Discussing your issues/future aspirations from new goverment directly to PM candidate at a time.
People can buy Mobile Cover with their leader’s photos….
Elction Voting Machine (EVM) is used in India to cast vote
Election rally with colourful flags and caps
T-shirts of differnt parties
Cut-out of National Leaders in a Shop
election rally at night
Maks are big hit…People put on their favorite leader’s masks during rally or campaign….
T-shirt and Marks of leader
Innovative campaign: Using Rangoli/Kolam and Mehandi/Heena with party symbol everywhere in city for promotion
Ink Pens with Party slogans
Wearing Mask of favorite leader during his speech
Pagri/Turban is very significant indian tradition. Each community across india has their own style, colour of Pagri. Local leader welcome & honour Pagri/Turban to Big national leader during election campaign in their town
New normal in Indian election rally….crowd near rally spot
PM candidate felicitated with local traditional Pagri/Turban during election campaign
Flags of India’s top two national parties
Celebrating festival of Election: Ladies Queue outside voting booth
Tourists during election tourism
Election officer putting an ink on voter’s finger to avoid bogus voting…
Election shop salesman weaing differnt party accessories!
Typical Colourful Indian Election Rally…200,000 to 300.000 or above crowd for each rally is considered as normal…
Badges with Party Symbols
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