Political parties are known to possess every trick in the book to win elections. From legal allurement in their manifestos to illegal distribution of cash, liquor, and other freebees to woo voters they also come up with ingenious ways to confuse them in the polling booth.
The Mandya Lok Sabah constituency in Karnataka is a case in point. Here, Independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh is locked in a high profile contest with chief minister Kumarswamy’s son Nikhil Kumarswamy. However, three more women, who are her namesakes, have been fielded in the poll fray.
Sumalatha M, Sumalatha, and Sumalatha P are reportedly dummy candidates, picked to confuse voters. For, none of these namesakes have hit the campaign trail. But they are to stay on the ballot, flanking the main contest. It is said the namesakes were also made to dress like Sumalatha Amareesh, including wearing spectacles, for their photos on the EVM. Mandya goes for vote on April 18.
Apparently, a similar trick is adopted in another high profile constituency, Wayanad in Kerala, where Congress president Rahul Gandhi is contesting. According to The New Indian Express, the final list of candidates includes three Rahul Gandhis. Other than the Congress president, there are Rahul Gandhi KE and Rahul Gandhi K.
There is also a fourth person, KM Shivaprasad Gandhi. It is not yet known if these namesakes don Rahul Gandhi’s look as well in their photo on the EVM. Waynad goes to poll on April 23.