Lok Sabha election: Foreign tourists line up to witness festival of democracy

Apr 07 2014, 14:42 IST
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When asked what is the major draw for foreign tourists, he said the When asked what is the major draw for foreign tourists, he said the "thrill" associated with elections here is unique. (Reuters)
SummaryHowever, the NRIs and Gujaratis settled abroad are mainly interested in the contest between BJP's PM nominee Narendra Modi and AAP's Arvind Kejriwal in Varanasi.

by the private tour operator includes visits to public rallies, poll campaigns, meeting different party leaders and Election Commission officers.

"Americans are very eager to witness our elections. A group of 70 to 80 people has approached us to visit India during elections," he said.

Sharma said the election tour 2014 consists of six-night, seven-day package for which a tourist has to pay USD 1200.

The entrepreneur said he had also sought assistance from Gujarat government, leaders of the various political parties and the Election Commission of India. "They all have assured to extend their support," he claimed.

Meanwhile, state Tourism Minister Saurabh Patel has appreciated the initiative.

"If we have tourism of health, medical and in all other sectors, why cannot we promote election tourism which gives a chance to the world to witness the biggest festival of democracy," he said.

Patel said ideally the department of tourism should have taken such initiatives, "but we will welcome the initiative taken by a private agency".

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