Hopeful ‘Indian Spiderman’ casts web for voters

MUMBAI, India (NBC/APTN) — An independent election candidate in India scales buildings, like the popular comic book hero “Spiderman,” in a bid to woo voters for the upcoming elections.

Gaurav Sharma, 32, known as the “Indian Spiderman,” is contesting as an independent candidate for the South Mumbai Constituency.

Instead of the traditional door-to-door campaigning, Sharma dresses in a “Spiderman” costume and uses his climbing skills to approach voters living in the city’s high-rise buildings.

People living in those buildings are often taken by surprise when Sharma suddenly appears at their windows or hangs outside their balconies, asking them to vote for him.

“They [local people] are amazed; they are like, this is something happening new in their community,” said Sharma. “And they love watching me climbing from windows and asking for votes.”

Sharma hopes that voters will think of him as a superhero who can solve their problems, just like “Spiderman.”

Mumbai neighbors will cast their votes in two weeks.

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