How does an MLA show labourers there are no ghosts in graveyards? He sleeps in one

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How does an MLA show labourers there are no ghosts in graveyards? He sleeps in one

Nimmala Rama Naidu, a state lawmaker from Andhra Pradesh, spent Friday night on a folding cot under the open sky in a mosquito-infested graveyard.

Nimmala Rama Naidu, a state lawmaker from Andhra Pradesh, spent Friday night on a folding cot under the open sky in a mosquito-infested graveyard.

You may well ask: Why on earth would he do that? The answer is inspiring.

It turns out that Naidu, a Telugu Desam Party MLA, slept there to convince labourers that there were no ghosts or 'evil forces'.

His attempt to modernise the crematorium -- with facilities like washrooms and a park -- hit a roadblock because labourers were afraid of such paranormal activity.

On Saturday, Naidu assured them he would spend a few more nights there.

In nearby Kerala, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is mightily impressed.

"Rama Naidu's efforts are...not a local affair," Vijayan tweeted.

"It should attract national attention because his is a fight against frivolous rituals and rampant superstition."

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