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May 20, 2022

More Udrea-type electoral gifts are offered in schools

Following the example of Elena Udrea, PDL continued to give more gifts branded with its logo in schools. The idea was also copied by PNL.

Democrat-Liberal Deputy Danut Liga yesterday went in a school of Bucharest District 6, where he offered children bags of sweets, but also calendars and timetables bearing the logo of PDL. “Everybody received these packages in the school. My colleagues were revolted. We had nothing against receiving them, but they shouldn’t include any logo, any calendar… When children left the school, the streets were orange with bags showing the logo of PDL and the photo of the deputy,” a teacher said, quoted by Realitatea TV.

In the electoral constituency No. 22 of Bucharest, Liberal Deputy Alina Gorghiu offered pupils bags of sweets and books, branded with the logo of PNL, also containing the activity report of the deputy. Gorghiu later apologised, saying: “There are three schools where I offered gifts. In a school, when I ran out of regular bags, my staff also used 20 bags branded with the logo of PNL. I apologised to the school principal,” the deputy explained. Commenting these practices, PSD Senator Miron Mitrea said they are inspired from the early ‘90s. “Maybe in ‘91, in the infancy of politics, this would have worked. But now, this orange bucket offered everywhere has become the symbol of elections. In campaign, you no longer go and say that you want to make this and that, a motorway or something in agriculture; you go directly with the bucket,” Mitrea said.

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