Elections campaigns are now gaining momentum in India's Third General Elections In Kerala, where the Communists came to power through ballot for the first time in 1957, the Communists have formed a seven party UNITED LEFT FRONT, to grab power.
This roll contains shots of car drive campaign by United Left Front. Seven representatives of the party with the candidate Mr. HAKIM JEE sat in one car preceded by a car fitted with loudspeakers, which blared patriotic songs with popular pop tunes. Only one spokesman would address the small wayside village crowds, where the representatives of different parties were garlanded. Occasionally the candidate also spoke. The spokesman in his talk explained the United Left Front and various parties forming it. At one place a Communist speaker attacked the Congress leadership. First shot is that of candidate and party reps coming out of car.
they are garlanded
CV of the candidate MR. HAKIM JEE.
Crowd..CV Loudspeaker..blaring music.
Spokesman of the campaigning group of ULF talking into mike.
Crowd of kids...not man adults turned out for this whistle stop tour.
Car driving away.
arriving at another spot...candidate and party reps alight..garlanded
CV Hakimjee garlanded...spokesman talking into mike..all having soft drinks after arriving at another spot.
Driving into country side..loudspeaker car precedes...garlanded at another spot
Various shots Hakim jee talking to a wayside crowd....
(HAKIM JEE IS CONTESTING FOR A KERALA ASSEMBLY SEAT)
Various shots of Red flags..Hammer and sickle etc.
Mr. Hakim jee...walks into another village.
Car with loudspeakers drives away.
LV of a street meeting...pro CHINA wing Communist addressing the crowd. Left Communists are at the head of ULF.
CV of the speaker.
CV Red flag.
Various shots of a public meeting addressed by Hakim jee..
Various shots of Hakim jee talking to people after the meeting.
Cars drive away..
This roll contains shots on coir spinning etc which is the main industry of Kerala.
1-70 Various shots of women spinning coir.
71-90 coconut husk being beaten by women to take out coir.
91-end..A boat plying on backwaters carrying coconut husks.
This roll contains shots of house to house canvassing by the Congress Candidate Mr. N. LAKSHMANAN VAIDYAN. Mr. Vaidyan is opposing Mr. HAKIM JEE. Various shots of Mr. Vaidyan, accompanied by a few party workers goes from shop to shop and house to house campaigning for votes, CVs of Vaidyan, CVs of people, CVs of Congress flag etc. There are shots of Mr. Vaidyan talking to a man making 'bidis'. (Bidi is an Indian cigarette something like a cheroot. In this tobacco is rolled into a leaf).
This roll also contains various shots of house to house campaign by Mr. Vaidyan, he going into palm groves, followed by party workers, meeting people, talking to them etc. Talking to people on wayside stalls..he meets a bearded tea stall owner, who assures him his vote. Many argue.
Walls of Kerala are plastered with party symbols and exhortations of PLEASE VOTE FOR OUT CANDIDATE ETC. From public buildings municipal committees make continuous effort to erase these writings. Various shots of party symbols Congress:Two bullocks, left wings Reds (Pro China): Sickle and heaf of wheat, other symbols are many...Two men white washing a gate etc.
Coconut groves...tall palm trees.
Fishermen of Kerala, Pulling net etc.
Fishermen of Kerala, Boats on sea, net pulled in, poor catch, kids collect tiny fish, women with tiny fish.
Coconut groves, tall palm trees, inland waterways of Kerala.
Hindu temples, deities etc.
Shots of Churches
Chauffeurs reading newspapers at a parking lot CVs etc
LV and signs of hospitals, doctors walking, CVs doctors.
NAMES OF CAMPAIGNING CANDIDATES ARE GIVEN IN THE SHOT LIST
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Background: Elections campaigns are now gaining momentum in India's Third General Elections In Kerala, where the Communists came to power through ballot for the first time in 1957, the Communists have formed a seven party UNITED LEFT FRONT, to grab power. Communists had emerged as the largest party during the mid term elections in 1965, but failed to form a government. The Congress party whose rule has remained unchallenged at the Centre and in other states, has started house to house campaign. Mrs. Gandhi is due to campaign in the State on 13th and 14th of January.
Kerala has the highest standard of literacy, 50% can read and write. The social life of Kerala is caste ridden. And this effects the political commitments of the people of Kerala. If high castes vote Congress, the low castes vote Red. Nearly 25% of the Kerala people are Christians..Catholics.
Density of population in Kerala is amongst the highest in the world. People of Kerala live largely upon agricultural and fishery products. Abundance of palm tress has given them coir industry, and sea coast the fishing. Other important items of agricultural production are coffee, tea, rubber and cashew nuts that exported all over the world.