HYDERABAD: Seventy-year-old balladeer and former Naxalite Gadar exercised his franchise for the first time on Friday. He was enrolled as a voter in Alwal constituency. Gadar was once a back employee; he quit it to join the People’s War Group (PWG). He was the head of Jana Natya Mandai of the group for several years, propagating the PWG ideology with his hard-hitting songs and emotional poems.
Gadar had famously rejected electoral politics. After decades of refusing to participate in electoral politics, and advocating for a new democratic revolution (NDR), the former-Naxal voted for the first time in what was also the first elections held in Telangana. “The revolution of voters should live long,” he said. Gadar has backed the Congress-TDP led Grand Alliance this elections.