India State Assembly Polls 2012

March 5, 2012 by staff 

India State Assembly Polls 2012, Nothing can match the rhetoric and the theatrics that the politicians indulge in during an election campaign in a pulsating democracy like ours. Yes, an election battlefield is the place for the histrionics and the best real-life stage show – the media meanwhile laps it up and the voter silently watches the performance.

The 2012 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections were no different – the seven-phased polls and the long campaign trail threw up some amusing and theatrical moments which beat even the best Bollywood scripts – let’s sample them.

Rahul Gandhi – The angry young man, The general secretary of the Congress party, Rahul Gandhi, hit the campaign trail in UP in his new avatar of ‘angry-young-man’ in the mode of Amitabh Bachchan of ‘Deewar’. He was angry at Mayawati and her ‘elephants’ that were ‘eating away all the money’ meant for the poor. He was angry at the Samajwadi Party for having neglected Muslims in the state. He was angry that the people of UP had to go and find work in Delhi, Punjab and Maharashtra. He was so angry that he did not shave for days and rolled up his Kurta sleeves adding to the get-up.

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