FREE BEER AND TAXI RIDES TO WOO VOTERS IN INDIAN CITY

Many companies in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru are offering a host of incentives – from free food to taxi rides – to people voting in India’s general election.

Located in Karnataka state, Bengaluru is often in the news for its low voter turnout during elections.

Hotels, taxi services and other firms have announced initiatives to encourage people to cast their ballot.

These include free beer, discounted cab rides and even free health check-ups.

At some food outlets, customers would need to show their finger stained with indelible ink as proof they’ve voted.

The city is voting on Friday in the second phase of the seven-day election.

On Wednesday, the state’s high court allowed an association of hotels to give food for free or at discounted prices as long as it did not violate election guidelines.

In the last general election of 2019, the city’s Bangalore South constituency had recorded the lowest voting percentage in Karnataka state at 53.7%.

Turnout was also low in Bangalore Central (54.3%) and Bangalore North (54.7%) compared with the state’s total turnout at 68%.

Most companies began to encourage residents to vote last week last but announced offers after the court order on Wednesday.

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