April 14, 2009 5:33:04 am
The Bharatiya Janata Party released an audio CD of five campaign songs for its Lok Sabha candidate Anil Shirole on Monday. While the lyrics are changed,these songs are based on the tunes of hit Marathi songs like “Kombadi palali… Kali Mati… Malharwari… Tera Sarafa… and Vitthal Vitthal.
However,the BJP leaders seemed unconcerned about the tunes’ copyrights. Ujjwal Keskar,BJP spokesperson (western Maharashtra) said,”We have made changes in the tunes according to our needs. Therefore,there is no question of copyrights violation. Moreover,we shall use these songs only for the next week or so.”
Claiming that the party is way ahead in campaigning as compared to their rival candidate Suresh Kalmadi from Congress,the BJP claims that Shirole will win by one lakh votes.
Addressing the media on Monday,Keskar said,”Anil Shirole will get at least one lakh votes as we have finished campaigning in around 80-85 wards in Pune. This is significant considering the scorching heat in Pune and candidates get to campaign only early in the morning and evening”
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Elaborating further,BJP MLA and city unit chief Girish Bapat said the BJP volunteers have finished the first round of campaigning on foot,which takes the most time. “Our volunteers have reached most households and distributed pamphlets,” he said.
The party is set to begin the second round of confirming the voters’ list followed by actually appealing people to get out of their homes and vote on the voting day,he added.
Bapat said that the party would release its manifesto in a couple of days. At the same time,BJP is expected to hold a gathering of senior citizens in the coming week. “We have identified 150 senior citizens’ groups and plan to approach them through the gathering. However,if that doesn’t work out,we will distribute pamphlets among them to initiate a dialogue,exclusively among them,” he said.
Kalmadi under fire
The BJP has demanded a written account of the development done in the city by sitting MP Suresh Kalmadi. “Boasting of road and streetlight works is not development as it is the responsibility of any municipal corporation. We want to know what special projects were done in the city with help from the Union government. For instance,how many slum dwellers were rehabilitated in pukka houses,how many new buses were bought etc,” Ujjwal Keskar said. The party leaders also took a dig at Kalmadi’s absence in public debates. “He has no answers for questions of the public,” Bapat said.
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