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  • 8 April 2014, 8:22

Spider-Man stands for election in India

A self-styled Spider-Man is taking the webslinger's "with great power comes great responsibility" motto to heart by running for office in India.

Gaurav Sharma, a former martial arts trainer for Mumbai police, often catches leaves people in a spin when he appears at their windows or hanging from their balconies asking for their support.

The 32-year-old is using his climbing skills to shun the traditional door-to-door campaigning as he pushes for a seat in the power house of parliament.

Mr Sharma hopes voters will think of him as a friendly neighbourhood superhero who can solve their problems, like the character in the comic books and films.

"I ongoingly train myself and I want people to connect with this kind of person who has gone through a lot of training in his life and has never given up, he always achieves success," he said

He is standing for the South Mumbai constituency, which will vote on April 24 as part of the nine-stage election that started on Monday.

It appears Mr Sharma's novel campaigning style is having a positive effect on some voters.

He said people are "amazed" and added: "They are like this is something happening new in their community and they love watching me climbing from windows and asking for votes."

Mumbai resident Archana Jain said: "He goes to everybody's house through the window and is trying to solve the problems of people.

"We would certainly like to give a chance to such a candidate."

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