Congressmen avoid media after Alva debacle (Political prattle)

November 13th, 2008 - 9:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyNew Delhi, Nov 13 (IANS) It was a deserted Congress Party headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday.Usually bustling with party members and senior functionaries, the office was silent on Thursday. Most of the rooms occupied by party general secretaries, spokespersons, and senior leaders were locked.

Many party leaders invite mediapersons to their rooms, but they were nowhere to be seen.

Seeing the silence, someone quipped: “It seems to be the Margaret Alva effect. Whoever agreed with her views is getting the sack. So these leaders are now avoiding media persons - fearing they might say something that could land them in trouble.”

Senior Congress leader Margaret Alva was Wednesday sacked from the post of general secretary of the party as well as the Congress Working Committee and the Central Election Committee after she alleged that “different yardsticks” were being implemented in deciding party nominations for the upcoming elections in six states.

On Thursday, former union minister Yogendra Makwana was removed from the chairmanship of the Scheduled Castes Department of the All India Congress Committee after he openly sided with Alva.

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Malhotra campaigns at fast food joints

While politicians are busy campaigning door-to-door, holding rallies, public meetings or using the SMS, Internet, and even letters to woo voters, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief ministerial candidate for Delhi V.K. Malhotra has come up with a unique method.

He is catching the eye of young voters through ads in a fast food joint.

Visitors at the Janpath outlet of the bustling McDonald’s can get to see advertisements of Malhotra. The huge TV screens, which used to play pre-recorded movie songs, give horoscopes and other interesting information targeted at the youth, now show Malhotra’s photograph.

He appeals to customers to vote for the saffron party. “Cannot afford Congress” is the final punch line.

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Where are all the Congress campaigners!

The Congress is running short of star power in poll campaigning. Interestingly in the four north Indian states going to assembly polls (Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan), most of the candidates want Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, general secretary Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra to campaign for them.

Most of the top state leaders or central leaders are “playing too busy to campaign”.

But the reality seems to be a little different.

One leader said: “Many senior leaders are appearing to be very busy to address meetings as they don’t want the high command to realise the extent of their popularity.”

After all the Lok Sabha polls are a few months away and most of them are looking forward to getting a few tickets for their supporters and don’t want to annoy the high command.

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