Poll promises to die for (Poll Prattle)April 16th, 2009 - 7:51 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) A man on his deathbed doesn’t lie, they say. So a Lok Sabha aspirant from Uttar Pradesh came on a bier to file his nomination and make the point that he would keep his promises to voters.
It’s a different matter that his bizarre ways landed Manoj Pandit, the Rashtriya Dehat Morcha party candidate from Gautambudh Nagar adjacent to Delhi, in trouble as a case was filed against him.
He landed at the district magistrate’s office on a bier - a wooden platform held on the shoulders of his supporters - leaving everyone in the collector’s office amused.
The authorities, however, did not allow Pandit to enter the office and district electoral office ordered that a case be registered against him for making a mockery of democracy and election process.
But Pandit had made his point, saying: “A dying person never lies.”
Politicians fix it all
They are driving autorickshaws, rustling up dosas, fixing punctures, ironing clothes and even polishing shoes. They are politicians in search of votes in the Lok Sabha polls.
For instance, Congress party’s Anjan Kumar Yadav, who is seeking re-election from Secunderabad constituency in Andhra Pradesh, went to a roadside eatery and started making dosas.
He even helped labourers at a construction site. At another place, he walked into a tailoring shop and stitched clothes.
Not to be left behind, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) candidate from the same constituency, Sudhish Rambhotla, surprised people by ironing clothes at a roadside shop.
State transport minister and Congress assembly candidate in Guntur district, Kanna Lakshminarayana, drove an autorickshaw to impress his voters.
Bharatiya Janata Party candidate R. Prabhakar in Suryapet assembly constituency in Nalgonda district tried to get some public attention by repairing cycle punctures at a roadside shop.
The road to votes
Senior Congress leader Krishna Tirath was baffled when a group of women supporters in Delhi gave her an ultimatum - “Make the road if you want our vote”!
A horde of women from Mundka area in Northwest Delhi constituency, where she is a candidate in the Lok Sabha elections, marched up to her after she addressed a block level meeting.
“We are your supporters. The road here is in a pathetic condition - Make the road, then we will vote,” they chorused.
Tirath replied: “I’ll see what I can do - just vote for me first.”
The women weren’t pleased and tailed her as she walked through the Jat community-dominated area for 10 minutes. Their voices got louder, drowning out the Congress party worker’s slogans of “Jai ho”.
As Tirath left, a woman whispered: “She had better get the job done”. Another said: “She is a woman, so we will go easy this time.”
Rally for Congress, but not its candidate?
He is the Congress candidate from South Goa, but Francisco Sardinha was literally left to bite the dust at a public rally being addressed by party president Sonia Gandhi.
Sardinha was shooed off by safari clad Special Protection Group (SPG) personnel as he was climbing up the dais, forcing the candidate to shuffle off in full public glare.
Sardinha was then dragged back near the dais by former chief minister Luizinho Faleiro, who coaxed the SPG men to allow Sardinha and himself to park themselves on two chairs at the foot of the dais.
They had for company Goa Pradesh Congress Committee president Subhash Shirodkar, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, Speaker Pratapsing Rane and All India Congress Committee general secretary B.K. Hariprasad.
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