Candidates for the December 27 legislative council polls are distributing expensive freebies such as Swiss watches, laptops, iphones etc as the majority of the voters who are members of local bodies – are relatively well-off. The voters number 700 and 9,500 in each of the 25 constituencies.
Such instances of sweetening voters are said to be common in the north Karnataka districts of Dharwad, Bagalkot and Vijayapura.
Leaders say some voters in Kolar are flaunting Rado watches as well as cash. In Bengaluru some voters have been offered the iPhone 5. Kodagu, aka coffee land, has lured voters with Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch!