Parties hoping for divine intervention? (Lead, Political Prattle)

March 24th, 2009 - 7:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) It may all be in the stars. That certainly seems to be the belief of the main political parties in Haryana that have opted to announce candidates only during an auspicious period!
The ruling Congress and the opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine will formally name their contestants after March 27. That’s when the Hindu auspicious period of ‘Navratras’ start.

Obviously, one side will realise in a few weeks that the auspicious period was not so auspicious after all.

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Now, a biker gang for campaigning

“Biker gangs” usually make headlines for their criminal activities. However, the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh has formed one such band of boys for entirely different reasons.

The party, which has the bicycle as its symbol, wants this biker gang to woo the youth.

“The all-male team has been entrusted with the task of campaigning for Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. At present, it has nearly 20 members. All are in the age group of 18-20 years,” the party’s state spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said.

The “gang” has already started its campaign and will visit all the 80 constituencies on bicycles and interact with the youth, he said.

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Riding a horse to file his papers

Perhaps he is hoping for a galloping win. Manish Kunjam, the Communist Party of India (CPI) candidate from Maoist-insurgency hit Bastar in Chhattisgarh, rode a horse to file his nomination papers!

By the time he reached the office of the district returning officer at Jagdalpur town, an impressive procession was following him.

Kunjam, a former legislator from the Kota assembly seat, has his task cut out - to stop Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Baliram Kashyap from getting elected from there for the fifth time in a row.

Who trots ahead, time will tell.

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‘Rock On’ tune yet to rock voters

The last day for voter registration is hardly a week away, but the office of the chief electoral officer of Delhi says its much awaited tune - from the film “Rock On!” - to woo the electorate is still being worked on.

The song, “Socha Nahin to Socho Abhi (If you have not thought about it, think about it now)”, was to be used to make people vote. But even as March 31 is the last day of voter registration, an official said they were yet to go public.

The reason is the Congress party is already using another popular film song, “Jai Ho”, for its campaign. “We don’t want to confuse people. We will run our campaign later,” the official said.

Hope later won’t be a little too late.

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