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Selling dreams?

Rahul began with terming the demand of locals as “chhoti soch” (small thinking) and told them that he would rather connect them to America.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi,who has been reprimanding people during his rallies in an apparent bid to assert himself,was in a shock during his recent Hamirpur rally when some locals openly ridiculed him for terming their demands as “small”. Congress state president Nirmal Khatri had received a huge applause from the public when he stated from the dais that locals of the region wanted good railway connectivity and hoped their leader would take steps in this regard. However,instead of making any promises,Rahul began with terming the demand of locals as “chhoti soch” (small thinking) and told them that he would rather connect them to America. While he had expected an applause,some standing in the third and fourth row of the crowd criticised him openly. A youngster said,“Does he think that we are stupid. What is he talking about?” Probably Rahul also realised his mistake and corrected himself by saying that though road and railway connectivity is also important,what I am trying to say is that you should dream big,he said.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi,who has been reprimanding people during his rallies in an apparent bid to assert himself,was in a shock during his recent Hamirpur rally when some locals openly ridiculed him for terming their demands as “small”. Congress state president Nirmal Khatri had received a huge applause from the public when he stated from the dais that locals of the region wanted good railway connectivity and hoped their leader would take steps in this regard.

That famous Azam’s temper <\b>

Policemen in Rampur got a taste of Cabinet Minister Azam Khan’s foul temper this week. Khan was moving in his official vehicle when he spotted three policemen on a motorcycle. Azam asked his securitymen to stop them. One of them escaped while others were caught. Azam lectured them on safe riding while pulling them up for violation of traffic rules by pillion riding. The local police was also informed which seized the motorcycle and slapped fines on the erring policemen.

Mobile message <\b>

While Samajwadi Party (SP) used modern technology,including voice messages and social media,to attract crowds to its Azamgarh rally at ITI ground,one of party’s Lok Sabha candidate from the area (Lalganj) Bechai Saroj went around the rally ground in a bullock cart to campaign. A portrait of party president Mulayam Singh Yadav along with the poster of Saroj,who is also a sitting MLA from Lalganj assembly seat,was on display on the

Course correction <\b>

In line with his prime ministerial ambitions,Samajwadi Party (SP) president Mulayam Singh Yadav’s supporters project him as next PM of the country. But the supporters were shocked when Mulayam objected to their sloganeering — Desh Ka PM Kaisa Ho,Mulayam Singh Jaisa Ho. “Your slogan is wrong. Do you want someone like me as PM or me?” Mulayam said. The supporters got the message and the slogan was changed to: “Desh Ki Majboori hai,Mulayam Singh Zaroori Hai”.

<\b>Investor-friendly <\b>

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s claim of ushering in investor-friendly environment fell flat when Hyderabad-based Nuziveedu Seeds Limited informed CM’s office about dropping their plan to set up an unit in the state. The reason behind company’s decision was various government departments sitting on the documents related to clearance for last four months. As the letter about company’s decision reached Akhilesh,he took every official concerned to task. In the next 20 minutes,all no objection certificates were issued while the rest were assured to be delivered within a month. Officials even requested the company to reconsider its decision and set up their unit assuring them of all cooperation.

<\b>Modi on the cards <\b>

BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai sent online greeting cards to various people on Diwali. Interestingly,the messages on these cards were slogans in support of party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. “Mana andhera ghana hai,magar diya jalana kahan mana hai”— read the message on one of the cards dedicated to Modi. Another message touting Modi as secular reads “Sabka saath-Sabka Vikas”,the slogan that Modi issued to project himself as secular. Along with small pictures of Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesha-who are worshiped in Diwali,there is another large size photograph of Lord Rama. Bajpai has used Rama’s picture when party has almost kept Ram Mandir issue out of their poll agenda.

Independent charge <\b>

Mining minister Gayatri Prajapati is on cloud nine after he was given the independent charge of his portfolio. Earlier,his decisions were turned down by CM Akhilesh Yadav who holds the mining portfolio. Recently,Prajapati undertook mass transfers of employees in his department. Senior officials tried to reason out with him by citing rules. Irked over their interference,Prajapati told them that he is “independent” and they should follow his decisions.

Fired up <\b>

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Election rallies of the BJP,Congress and the Samajwadi Party leaders showed impact on the cracker markets set up all across on the occasion of Diwali. Names of politicians with their photographs were seen on cracker packets. There were rockets with photographs of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and UPA president Sonia Gandhi. Flower pots (anar) had pictures of SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and phuljhari (sparkle sticks) with Priyanka Gandhi’s face. Traders said rockets with photographs of Modi were maximum in demand. Earlier,the cracker manufacturers would use the names and photographs of Bollywood actors and actresses to attract customers.