An independent candidate rides a donkey to campaign in Gopalganj, Bihar

May 18, Patna During elections, politicians experiment with various tactics to win over voters, and sometimes they even choose to draw attention from the public in an unconventional manner. In Gopalganj, Bihar, one such strange election campaign had a candidate going door-to-door on a donkey.

Riding a donkey, Satyendra Baitha is an independent candidate campaigning door-to-door for the Gopalganj Lok Sabha constituency. He is a native of the hamlet of Gopalganj, Shyampur.

In response to a question about his unconventional campaign approach, Baitha states: “I have chosen to campaign by riding a donkey since the cost of gasoline and fuel is excessive and out of reach for many people, including myself. I even traveled to the collectorate on a donkey in order to submit my nomination paperwork.”

When Baitha arrives on a donkey, a lot of people come out of their homes to have a look.

When asked what his top goals are should he win the election, Baitha responds, “I want to establish a university and a sugar mill in the area. My first focus is also on sanitation. In the past, several candidates have prevailed in elections. They were hardly absent from the district for five years after their electoral victory. In the past, they would reside in Patna or Delhi. I live here and am open to the public at all times.”

In Gopalganj, polling for the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections is scheduled on May 25. For the Gopalganj (SC reserved) seat, the INDIA bloc has nominated Chanchal Kumar Paswan, while the NDA has put forward Alok Kumar Suman.

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