Of miffed party chiefs and praying ‘Pappu’ wins (Poll Prattle)April 23rd, 2009 - 9:02 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) What was the excuse a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) state president gave for not being present when the candidature of a rival was announced, despite the party boss being present? He was attending a funeral.
That’s what happened in Panaji. NCP state president Dr Wilfred D’Suoza was not present when the candidature of NCP candidate from North Goa Jitendra Deshprabhu was announced. The poor vibes between the two have been pretty clear during the poll campaign.
Even NCP chief Sharad Pawar had a tough time explaining the absence of the state party head. Dr D’Souza, or Dr Willy as he is referred to, was also conspicuously absent from the party meeting earlier when Deshprabhu’s name was shortlisted as the Congress-NCP alliance candidate.
He clarified later that he had to attend a funeral.
Dr D’Souza was missing again at a press conference held on the last day of campaigning, where Deshprabhu was present.
Embarrassed Congress and NCP state bigwigs tried to make light of the matter. Probably the NCP state president was at another funeral.
Selja needs to beat six
Union Minister of State for Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has a comparatively lighter weight of opponents to beat to re-claim the Ambala (reserved) Lok Sabha seat in Haryana.
There are just six candidates against her - the lowest for any of the state’s 10 Lok Sabha seats.
Of the seven contestants, including herself, two are independents. She is the lone woman in the fray for this seat. Haryana has one of the worst sex ratios in the country.
Will BJP’s ‘Pappu’ pass this time?
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters in Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla parliamentary constituency are determined to see party candidate Virender Kashyap win this time.
In his three-decade-long political career, Kashyap has lost all 10 elections - six Lok Sabha and four assembly - that he has fought.
The BJP supporters have taken a cue from a popular chocolate advertisement to boost Kashyap’s possibility of success.
His supporters are going around raising the slogan “Pappu pass hoga is bar” (Pappu will win the election this time).
So, will ‘Pappu’ pass this time? Wait till May 16 for the results.
Rahul and Hema Malini to woo voters in Gangtok
Who will draw the maximum crowd ? Congress leader Rahul Gandhi or Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling - that’s the question doing the rounds in Sikkim.
What confirmed the fact that Rahul Gandhi would be visiting the state was the arrival of a team of Special Protection Group (SPG) commandos in Gangtok to oversee security arrangements.
Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to address a Congress campaign meeting at Paljor Stadium on April 25. The state elects its lone Lok Sabha nominee April 30.
The chief minister is also slated to address a meeting at Siyari in Gangtok April 25. “The question is which meeting shall have the greater audience?,” quipped one leader.
If that was not enough to stir Sikkim state, another news filtered in that actress Hema Malini and Jaswant Singh, the Bharatiya Janata Party MP candidate from Darjeeling, are also scheduled to visit Gangtok April 25.
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