Lok Sabha 2019
NDA candidate Kummanam Rajasekharan has started an initiative to recycle cloth gifts he received into value-added products like bags and pillow covers.

The month long campaigns and frenzy of the Lok Sabha polls ended in Kerala on Tuesday. But for some candidates, it’s not time to put their feet up and relax. Less than a day after polling, a few candidates could be seen busy with their party workers in removing the wall posters and things used for election campaigning from the streets.

P Rajeev, the LDF candidate from Ernakulam has asked his supporters to clean the posters and boards used for election campaign from the streets within two days. He has also started a social media campaign #LetsCleanErnakulam. Within hours, people started posting pictures of cleaning the wall posters along with the hashtag.


LDF supporter removing wall posters

The NDA candidate in Ernakulam, Alphons Kannanthanam has also asked his supporters to clean things used for campaigning, which are lying around and affixed across the constituency. Kannanthanam has also said that he will himself be coming to clean the wall posters on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Kummanam Rajasekharan, the NDA candidate from Thiruvananthapuram and former Mizoram governor, has gone a step ahead by deciding to recycle the gifts he received during election campaign. “I have received more than one lakh cloth materials as gifts. We will convert this into things like cloth bag, pillow cover and other value-added materials. The segregation process has also been started,” Kummanam wrote in his Facebook post.


Supporters of Kummanam Rajasekharan seggregating cloths

Many have appreciated Kummanam for taking this unique initiative. He has also planned to make ‘grow bags’ — bags instead of pots that are used for growing plants, using the boards employed for election campaign. “We aim to reduce the use of plastic bags and encourage people to use eco-friendly alternatives,” said Kummanam in the post.

It may be noted that the election campaign in the state mostly went green. The district administrations across the state had made it a point to allow only eco-friendly campaign materials. Wall paintings, wall posters and cloth banners were the main campaign materials used by almost all the parties in the state.