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Want a discount on your dosa, Tamil Nadu? Easy. Just go vote

Fancy wrapping up voting day with a few fluffy idlis or a crunchy ghee dosa? Perhaps you should consider it if you’re in Tamil Nadu — your restaurant might give you 10 per cent off.

You better believe it. The Tamil Nadu Hotels Association (TNHA) came up with this mouthwatering incentive to get out the vote. Around 1,200 Chennai eateries, including popular brands like Hot Chips and Saravana Bhavan, are part of the group.

Excited? Here’s what to do.

Tamil Nadu votes in parliamentary and assembly by-elections on April 18 (It will vote again on May 19 in four more bypolls).

To avail the discount, show up at a TNHA eatery after 6 pm on the April 18, and show your inked finger and your voter ID.

TNHA secretary R Srinivasan hopes the initiative will increase voter turnout.

“A district electoral officer suggested that we use different rubber stamps on the bill to encourage voting,” he said. “But members of the association came up with this idea.”

Bon appetit!

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