Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

Delhi Underground

Honey Singh campaigns in Tilak Nagar. (Ravi Kanojia) Honey Singh campaigns in Tilak Nagar. (Ravi Kanojia)
Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: April 7, 2014 12:59 am

Thin crowd

At a jansabha of BJP candidate from West Delhi Parvesh Singh Sahib Verma, those holding positions in the BJP and SAD wanted to go up on stage, prompting the organisers to announce that the Delhi Police had ordered that not everybody could be allowed on stage. With around 250 people turning up at the jansabha, a party worker was heard telling another, “Sabko bolo yahin baith jayen. sab stage pe chale jayenge to sabha kaun bharega? Waise bhi log kam hai (Tell everyone to sit here itself. If everyone goes on stage, who will fill the space here? As it is, the crowd is thin).”

TV interviews

After arriving in Delhi, AAP’s Amethi candidate Kumar Vishwas claimed he “was here to help his friends in their campaigning”. But sources claimed there was more to his two-day visit. “A series of TV interviews had been on hold because he was in Amethi all this while. After April 8, he will not be able to be a part of any TV shows. He is planning to wrap up all the interviews in these two-three days. After all, he is a national face and a star campaigner. It is important that he is visible on TV,” an AAP volunteer said.

Wrong clippings

A volunteer and a key member in the campaigning and PR team of a national party was snubbed by the party candidate after he produced a file of election-related newspaper cuttings before him. The file, neatly prepared with dates of the cuttings of all election- and constituency-related news, was thrown away by the candidate as most were of English newspapers. “In my constituency, only one lakh people read English papers. They just make for one lakh voters. Rest of the 14 lakh voters read only Hindi papers. I do not even want to see what English papers are carrying. Please tell me how many Hindi papers have carried our campaign. Please do your work properly,” he said.

Mechanic turned candidate

He may only be a cycle mechanic from Bawana, but that hasn’t stopped Dharamvir from contesting the elections against the big parties from the Northwest Lok Sabha constituency. Forced to sell two houses and now staying in a slum in Shahbad Dairy, the 45-year-old maybe short on money, but not enterprise. He has already helped rehabilitate 800 slum-dwellers, whose jhuggis caught fire in 2009, something he thinks “can help him win the elections”, even though he has not been campaigning at all. “I can’t afford big jeeps or banners, so I’m going door to door. But, I have done work here and that’s why I think I will win,” he says confidently.

Puzzling gesture

In a routine press conference of BJP leader V K Malhotra at the party’s Delhi headquarters, Malhotra was seen reading a report card launched by Congress MP and its candidate from Chandni Chowk Kapil Sibal on continued…

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