District Kannada Sahitya Parishat president cycles to thank voters in Dharwad | Hubballi News – Times of India


HUBBALLI: Normally election candidates do many stunts to woo voters before the election, and thank voters through a message or pamphlet. However, Lingaraj Angadi ,59, who has been re-elected as president of the Dharwad district Kannada Sahitya Parishat for the third consecutive term, is riding a bicycle to thank his voters, after his victory.
He aims to create awareness about the environment, simple living and fitness through this initiative, and received a warm welcome from voters.
Angadi, who stays in Hubballi, told TOI that he rode a bicycle to campaign in Hubballi city only. “As we used to go in a group of 3-4 to campaign, we had opted for a car to reach out to voters. The time factor was another hurdle to cycling, as I was also busy in preparations for my son’s marriage. Now I am free to ride in the morning and weekends,” he added.

Lingaraj Angadi visits Hebballi village by bicycle to thank KSP voters
Angadi is the principal of SJMV’s College for Women in Hubballi, and leaves home by 5.45am. “I first cycle to villages like Hebballi, Shivalli and Sulla and spend time with KSP election voters, and have breakfast with them. Then I enter Hubballi city by 9am, and thank voters in different areas. I reach the college by 10.30am, and change my tracksuit there. I don’t feel any fatigue due to this,” he said.
“I cycle to Kundagol, Adaragunchi, Nulvi and nearby villages and towns of Hubballi, once or twice a week. This initiative serves the purpose of spreading awareness on the environment and fitness,” he said.
When asked about his cycling practice, he said it’s been a part and parcel of his life. “During my school days, I used to drop and pick up my father, who was a teacher at Morab village from our Shirkol village located at the distance of about 6 km, on a cycle. Even after becoming a lecturer and principal, I have continued to cycle at least twice a week. I am cycling 40 km a day to thank my voters,” he said.
Kallappa Shiraguppi, a KSP voter in Hebballi, said that Angadi is visiting voters in the morning, which is convenient for voters as well as for Angadi. “We watch him cycling on the Hubballi-Hebballi road. He visited our house when we were still sleeping. We were thrilled to see an election winner knocking on our door after the election,” he said.

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