Whither Delhi mayor’s smiling face? (Political Prattle)

March 21st, 2009 - 7:41 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) She would beam down at people from posters at bus stops, subways and other public utilities. But suddenly, Delhi Mayor Arti Mehra’s smiling pictures have disappeared.
Things changed drastically for Mehra’s images - mostly found in the VIP zone of New Delhi - when her Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) replaced them with equally happy looking hoardings of the party’s prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani.

So why the sudden change? Well, Mehra’s name was doing the rounds for the New Delhi Lok Sabha seat. But now Vijay Goel - who had earlier fought elections from Sadar, which has ceased to exist due to delimitation - is the chosen BJP candidate from the constituency.

Maybe the posters didn’t work their charm, at least on her party.

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A king and a spider for inspiration

Virender Kashyap has lost all the 10 elections he has fought in his three-decade-long political career. So will the Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate from Shimla make it this time?

He unsuccessfully contested the Shimla parliamentary seat six times and the Kasauli assembly constituency four times. Nevertheless, he believes in the famous legend of “King Robert the Bruce, the cave and the spider”.

“Never mind! If at first you don’t succeed, try try… and try again,” Kashyap quipped. Just like the 14th century Scottish king who was inspired enough by the repeated efforts of a spider to spin a web and went on to win a war.

And a poll is a battle after all.

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Cricket makes Congress smile

If it’s on cricket channels, the Indian masses will be watching. And the Congress has been quick to seize the opportunity.

Short ads released by the party highlighting its achievements and promises are appearing between breaks during the broadcast of the Test series between India and New Zealand.

The party knows well that cricket-crazy Indians rarely change channels - even during a commercial break.

Besides, India Saturday scored its first win in a Test match against New Zealand in that country in 33 years. That should sure make the Congress media managers smile - for more reasons than one.

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A very annoyed church

The Congress list for 16 parliamentary seats in Kerala has stunned the influential Catholic church in the state. None of the candidates recommended by it has found a place.

The first jolt came when the archbishop of the Thrissur archdiocese, Andrews Thazhathu, urged Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to make Tom Vadakkan the candidate from there. But that was not to be.

Similarly, the Varappuzha archdiocese recommended National Students Union (NSU) president Hibi Eden from Ernakulam. But this ticket too went to someone else.

The jolt is felt more acutely because the Catholic church has already been criticising the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government.

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