Oh god, give us good MPs, they pray (Political Prattle)

March 25th, 2009 - 6:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) Will there be divine intervention? Desperate for some good and clean governance, a group of senior citizens in Ranchi, the Jharkhand capital decided to appease the gods for it.
Around 50 people, most of them above the age of 60, performed a ‘yagna’ or fire ritual in Ranchi, praying for good political representatives in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. In the backdrop loomed a picture of US President Barack Obama.

“We are fed up with the nature of politics in our country. Candidates with criminal backgrounds and those involved in corruption are becoming MPs. We are left with no option but to seek the blessings of god to get good candidates who represent us,” said Mukhtar Singh, president of the Retired Employees Association.

They also took an oath in the name of Mahatma Gandhi that they would not choose candidates with an unsavoury past.

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Ever heard of ‘birthday terrorism’?

Most birthdays are happy occasions. But one can’t be too sure in Uttar Pradesh, especially if it’s the birthday of Chief Minister Mayawati, says Rashtriya Lok Dal’s chief Ajit Singh.

Taking a swipe at Mayawati, he said at a rally that the state has “a different sort of terrorism - birthday terrorism”.

“Everyone has to gift something to ‘behenji’ on her birthday,” Singh said.

“Imagine what will happen if behenji gets married - you will die paying kanyadaan,” he told the cheering crowd.

Kanyadaan is a gift given to a daughter by her family during marriage.

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Will voters dance to his tune?

He is sure trying to strike the right chord with voters. The Congress candidate from the Jalpaiguri seat in West Bengal is wooing voters with the traditional Bengali folk music form of Bhawaiya.

Bureaucrat-turned-politician Sukhovilas Verma is trying to ‘befriend’ voters and make them feel he is “one of them”.

“I love singing, especially folk music like ‘Bhawaiya’. So what’s the harm in sharing some of my favourite numbers with my people?” Verma asked.

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Poll panel reins in Punjab Police

Punjab Police may be well known for its hard tactics but the force has sure been put on soft mode by the Election Commission.

The poll panel has shunted out top officials from the home and police departments in recent days to ensure that the May 7 and 13 elections to the state’s 13 parliamentary seats go off peacefully.

The first to be asked to go were Home Secretary Sudhir Mital and other senior district-level police officials. Now Punjab’s additional director general of police (ADGP) law and order, Shashi Kant too has been moved from his post.

Shashi Kant had headed the state’s intelligence wing when the Punjab government got the police to conduct a secret and controversial survey in all districts. Besides other things, the survey had sought information on “known smugglers and criminals” with their own little vote banks.

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