President of BJP's Bengal unit Rahul Sinha says campaigning in open-hood jeeps is of great help as one has to cover so many Assembly segments under a Lok Sabha constituency. (Agencies)
"It serves the purpose of covering more areas putting less stress on your body during election time," Sinha, Kolkata North candidate, said.
Sinha's views were shared by his contender from Congress party Somen Mitra, who said, "It is a bit tough to campaign in every Lok Sabha segment on foot. So the jeeps come handy."
Open jeep campaigning has been a favourite with TMC Dum Dum Lok Sabha candidates Saugata Roy and BJP's Tapan Sikadar. BJP candidates Bappi Lahiri and Babul Supriyo's jeep campaigns have been a huge hit in their constituencies.
For the Left Front candidates, who mostly prefer door-to-door campaign, are also using jeeps. Left Front Howrah candidate Sreedip Bhattafcharya has been seen holding his road shows riding a jeep in the industrial belt of Howrah.
Favourite though it is with the candidates, they are facing a shortage of the vehicles as various travel agencies and garage owners are finding it difficult to supply open-hood jeeps.
"Many of our candidates like P C Sorcar from Barasat seat did not get hold of open-hood jeeps due to non-availability," Amitava Roy, a senior state BJP leader said.
The travel agencies and owners charge around Rs 2000-3000 per day for the kind of jeeps depending on the condition of the vehicle.
President of BJP's Bengal unit Rahul Sinha says campaigning in open-hood jeeps is of great help as one has to cover so many Assembly segments under a Lok Sabha constituency.